Chairman of the Wisynco Group, William Mahfood, says over 100 of the company’s workers could lose their jobs as a result of the government’s proposed ban on a range of plastic and styrofoam products.
The ban – to be imposed early next year – follows a private member’s motion which was tabled in the Upper House in October 2016 by Government Senator, Matthew Samuda.
Mr. Mahfood says he’s concerned employees in the styrofoam manufacturing arm of his company’s operations might be out of work in January 2020.
He’s also raising concerns about potential public health issues arising from a ban on plastic straws.
Mr. Mahfood says the cost the alternative, paper straws, may discourage small business operators from utilizing that option.
Mr. Mahfood has also raised concerns about the timeframe within which the ban is to be implemented.
But, Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, Suzanne Stanley, says stakeholders had enough time to prepare for the ban on plastic and styrofoam products.