Small business owners and environmentalists are at odds over a call to delay the planned styrofoam ban.

The government had announced that the second phase of a ban on single-use styrofoam products would take effect on January 1, 2020.

But, President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica, Hugh Johnson, is calling on the government to stay the implementation date.

He says the planned ban amounts to over-regulation on the part of the government.

Hugh Johnson, President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica.

Mr. Johnson says more than 15-thousand small cook shop operators will be affected by the ban.

He says there’ll also be a burden on small businesses as the best alternative material costs up to four times as much as styrofoam.

Mr. Johnson says the paper based alternative material is unsuited to most Jamaican dishes that are stew-based. 

But, Environmental Activist, Diana McCaulay, says businesses have had enough time to adjust to the styrofoam ban.

She says contrary to Mr. Johnson’s claim, Jamaica is under regulated in relation to styro-foam products.

Diana McCaulay, Environmental Activist.

Both were speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Tyrone Reid.