The Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann, Lisa Hanna, is questioning the effectiveness of the ban on single use plastics, which has been in place since January 1, 2019.

Miss Hanna says the prohibition on single use plastic bags, straws and containers has barely put a dent in the problems identified by the government.

Miss Hanna made the point as she directed questions at the Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, NSWMA, Audley Gordon during Wednesday’s sitting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, PAAC.

A report from the NSWMA says there has been only a 0.3% reduction of plastics in the waste collected since 2019.

Miss Hanna says the NSWMA must demand more support from the government to achieve greater effectiveness under the policy.

Lisa Hanna, MP for South East St. Ann.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gordon defended the work of the NSWMA, noting his team can only work with the resources given.

Audley Gordon, Executive Director of the NSWMA.