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.

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.

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.

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.

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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