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Single Use Plastics, Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect #540071
01/15/20 05:28 AM
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Thee styrofoam ban was announced in March of 2018, but putting into effect has proved difficult. And, now, almost two years later, it was announced that the new regulation come into effect tomorrow.
A press release announced that the Minister of the Environment, Godwin Hulse, signed the Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulations, 2020 into law today, and it comes into force tomorrow, January 15th.

These regulations will implement Cabinet's March 2018 decision "to reduce plastic and styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastics, including shopping bags and styrofoam and plastic food utensils."

But, if you feel like you've been caught off guard because it;its happening TOMORROW, the release says "the regulations have undergone months of legislative drafting and re-drafting, and have been subjected to an extensive consultation period with regulators and stakeholders from the private sector such as importers, manufacturers and producers of single-use plastics."

You can find the new regulations at the Department of Environment's website at www.doe.gov.bz.

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Phase-Out of Single-Use Plastics

Enactment of Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation, 2020

Today, January 14th, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, Hon. Godwin Hulse, signed into law the Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulations, 2020, which comes into force on January 15th, 2020.

The purpose of these regulations is to carry out Cabinet’s decision to reduce plastic and styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastics, including shopping bags and styrofoam and plastic food utensils. This decision was made as a necessary pollution control measure to protect the terrestrial and marine environment from harmful plastic contamination.

These regulations have undergone months of legislative drafting and re-drafting, and have been subjected to an extensive consultation period with regulators and stakeholders from the private sector such as importers, manufacturers and producers of single-use plastics.

A copy of the new regulations will be sent for publishing in the Government Gazette, and is available for download from the Department of Environment’s website at www.doe.gov.bz.

This new legislation regulates the importation and manufacture of Restricted Products listed in Schedule I of the regulations through a licensing and permitting process through the Department of the Environment.

The legislation also prohibits the importation, manufacture, sale, and possession of Prohibited Products listed in Schedule II of the Regulations. This Prohibition will be conducted through a transitional process as follows:
(a) prohibit the importation of products listed in Schedule II three (3) months after the enactment date of this legislation;
(b) prohibit the manufacture of products listed in Schedule II six (6) months after the enactment date of this legislation;
(c) prohibit the sale of products listed in Schedule II nine (9) months after the enactment date of this legislation; and
(d) prohibit the possession of products listed in Schedule II twelve (12) months after the enactment date of this legislation.

The list of single-use plastic products to be prohibited as per Schedule II of the Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulations, 2020, is as follows:

• Single-use styrofoam and plastic “clamshells”
• Single-use styrofoam and plastic plates, bowls, and cups and lids
• Single-use plastic forks, knives, spoons, sporks, and cutlery
• Single-use plastic carrier bags commonly referred to as shopping bags and/or T-shirt bags
• Single-use plastic drinking straws

Re: Single Use Plastics, Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect [Re: Marty] #540083
01/16/20 05:05 AM
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Styrofoam Ban Not Immediate

The long-awaited Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulations, 2020 came into force today, January 15th.

And the aim of the Plastic ban is "to reduce plastic and styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastics, including shopping bags and styrofoam and plastic food utensils."

But the Minister who signed the regulation into law, Godwin Hulse, says that the eco-police won't be knocking at restaurant doors just yet.



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Re: Single Use Plastics, Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect [Re: Marty] #540117
01/18/20 05:10 AM
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Shilling Water and Chips Bags Choking The Seas

The Phase-out of Single Use-Plastics was signed into law two days ago. And, while your lunch today was likely still packaged in a styrofoam shell, the transition to bio-degradable products has begun.

That's right, by the end of 2020 you could be fined for carrying an excess of 10 plastic bags.

That's a revelation that might come as quite a shock, and leave many Belizeans wondering how to go about living in this new greener world.

We headed to Belmopan for a sit down with DOE C.E.O. Percival Cho, and he told us that while the process has been complicated and delicate, banning single-use plastics will make a major difference in the Belizean quality of life.

The D.O.E plans to launch a radio, T.V. and social media public relations campaign to sensitize the public on all aspects of the laws. The ads will explain how the law will work in order to educate Belizeans so that no one is caught off guard at any point during its implementation schedule.

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Re: Single Use Plastics, Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect [Re: Marty] #540139
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Know more about single-use plastics being phased-out and how it will be done.

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