Government Senator, Matthew Samuda, is opposing a call by some manufacturers to delay the January 1, 2020 timeline for the implementation of a ban on single-use styro-foam products.

Media in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting that Senator Samuda told a forum in the twin island republic earlier this week that the plastic ban implemented in Jamaica in January is going well.

Senator Samuda was speaking at the National Library in Port of Spain during a panel discussion on banning single-use plastics.

The event was part of the 2019 Green Screen Environmental Film Festival.

Samuda told the forum that each territory in the region has to look at its own context and what works in terms of eliminating single-use plastics from mainstream consumption.

He says one strategy may work in one country and not be effective in the next.

However, the Government Senator says the region cannot afford the cost of inaction.

Matthew Samuda, Government Senator, addressing a panel discussion in Trinidad and Tobago on the banning of single-use plastics.