Govt Takes First Steps in Implementing Plastic Ban


The Government has convened a meeting of all stakeholder agencies as it moves to roll-out its ban on a range of non-biodegradable plastic and styrofoam products.

Government Senator Matthew Samuda made the disclosure in the Senate on Friday.

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In the meantime, Opposition Senator, Sophia Fraser-Binns, is urging the Government to sensitize the public to the fact that biodegradable plastic bags are available at several locations in Jamaica and are not prohibited by the ban.

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The ban is to take effect in January next year


Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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