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Saint Lucia to ban Styrofoam and plastics

Saint Lucia plans to phase-out Styrofoam food service containers and plastics, both plates and cups, beginning December 1, 2018, with a total ban on their importation before the end of next year. The announcement came in a statement from Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Doctor Gale Rigobert.

“We are doing our very best to alleviate this issue,” the minister explained.

The Department of Sustainable Development, in partnership with key agencies such as the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority, the Department of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce and the Customs and Excise Department to develop a strategy to eliminate single use plastics, polystyrene and expanded polystyrene from the Saint Lucia market. During this time, the Department of Sustainable Development will continue to educate the general public on the options available to them.

The minister calls on responsible consumption and production. 

“I encourage you to join the fight to reduce your dependency on single use plastics and Styrofoam by utilizing re-useable bottles, food containers, cutlery and shopping bags. Let us act responsibly in our everyday consumption and production”