Grenada, Caribbean — banning single-use plastic bags
The Grenada Tourism Authority achieved a historic milestone in 2018, welcoming more than half a million visitors to the destination’s shores. The government recognises that with this growth comes responsibility and that the control of plastic use can have a positive impact on the island’s future. It has consequently rolled out a three-phase approach to reducing plastic waste:
Phase 1 – Since February 1, 2019, there has been a ban on the importation of single-use plastic shopping bags with handles.This ban will be followed by a 10-month interval to allow for depletion of stocks on the island. This interval will conclude on 1 December 2019.
Phase 2 – On 1 December 2019, there will be a ban on the sale or offer for sale of single-use plastic shopping bags with handles.
Phase 3 – On 1 February 2020 food items will no longer be sold in or with a single-use plastic shopping bag with handle.
An approved list of alternative products is available from the Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information, as well as a list of overseas companies where products can be sourced. Next, the government hopes to tackle single-use plastic items such as cutlery, plates, straws and cups. There is already a ban on the importation of Styrofoam takeaway food packaging which has been replaced with environmentally safe products.
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