In keeping with the government’s promise to continue plans to reduce the dependence of single-use plastic on the island, Parliament has passed the Styrofoam and Plastics (Prohibition) Act on June 11, 2019. This act is a stepping stone in Saint Lucia’s efforts to have a clean, safe and healthy environment. This is an important instrument that will assist in the enforcement of a reduction in single-use plastic and promote environmental sustainability.
The Act will take effect on August 1, 2019, with a ban on the importation of All Styrofoam and selected single-use plastic food service containers. Therefore, any Styrofoam and selected plastic food service containers arriving in Saint Lucia after July 31, 2019, will not be released by the Department of Customs and Excise. The act provides further details on the items that will be restricted as of August 1, 2019 and August 1, 2020, with a twelve -month phase-out period for phase 1 and 2 respectively. The Styrofoam and Plastics (Prohibition) Act will soon be in the gazette and available for the public perusal.
All importers are encouraged to declare their stock of Styrofoam and single-use plastics to the Department of Sustainable Development, as of August 1, 2019.
Minister with responsibility for Sustainable Development, Dr. Gale T.C Rigobert is pleased with the support that her ministry has received from stakeholders and interested parties thus far and encourages the public to continue partnering with the government to ensure a healthy environment for all.