Government is being asked to bag its proposed ban on plastics. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey recently announced on his Facebook page that Barbados would be banning styrofoam and single use plastics come April 1, 2019.
And while environmentalists like Future Centre Trust director Kammie Holder have embraced the move, outspoken waste hauler Anderson Cherry is cautioning Government that a ban could end up ultimately costing already burdened consumers.
“I would encourage Minister Humphrey and whoever else to please look at the ban of plastics from a holistic point of view. Just like styrofoam, it’s okay to ban it. But what is the replacement and what is the replacement cost to the consumer?” he asked.
Cherry, a long-time advocate of recycling, explained that plastic was a billion-dollar industry worldwide. (AD)
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