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Saint Lucia to ban Styrofoam and plastics

Islands like St. Lucia are acutely aware of the environmental impacts of non-biodegradable waste, and thankfully some tourist boards are stepping up to the challenge of reduction. Recognising its responsibility to reduce waste, St. Lucia’s Department of Sustainable Development has developed a plan to eliminate single-use plastic and polystyrene-based food containers by the end of 2019. The importation of Styrofoam will be banned from December 2018.

In announcing the ban, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Gale Rigobert, made a plea to St. Lucia’s tourist industry, “I encourage you to join the fight to reduce your dependency on single-use plastics and Styrofoam by utilising reusable bottles, food containers, cutlery and shopping bags. Let us act responsibly in our everyday consumption and production”.