Vaz Rejects ‘Knee-Jerk’ Label of Plastics Ban


Cabinet Minister, Daryl Vaz, is rejecting a suggestion from Wisynco Chairman, William Mahfood, that the government’s ban on a range of plastic and styrofoam products is a knee-jerk reaction which will not work.

Minister Vaz announced the ban yesterday during a media conference at Jamaica House.

Mr. Mahfood commented yesterday that the Holness-administration’s ban which is to take effect on January 1 next year is hasty and cannot be properly executed.

In a statement to the media today, Minister Vaz said that is not so.

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Vaz says extensive consultations were had before the ban was announced. He says sometimes Jamaica’s interest has to be elevated above the pursuit of profit.

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Minister Vaz says in 2016 some companies were asking for a five-year delay in the ban on styrofoam and plastic products which is being introduced on a phased basis beginning January 1, 2019.

But, he says the move had already been delayed for too long.

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In the meantime, Minister Vaz says suggestions made in the print media today that additional legislation is needed for the ban on plastic and styrofoam products to take effect isn’t accurate.

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He says an extensive public education campaign is to take place ahead of the ban which is to take effect on a phased basis beginning early next year.

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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.

One thought on “Vaz Rejects ‘Knee-Jerk’ Label of Plastics Ban

  1. Tony W

    This is typical of the manufacturer’s stance on similar matters -dollars in their pockets rather than the national good of cleaning up the island’s trash. They can EASILY ‘tun dem han mek fashion’ and help the country. ‘cho man. What is wrong with paper and .or cloth bags. Create an industry for the disabled to sew and make cheap cloth bags. Like the rest of the world, companies could make cloth bags, brand them, and sell them for cheap. dem too lickee, lickee.and whiny whiny.


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