January 2020 marked the beginning of year two of Dominica’s ban on non-biodegradable single use plastics.
The Dominica Bureau of Standards is commenting that this was a good move on the island’s part.
Director of the Bureau, Median LaRocque says some review has taken place and should be good news for business-minded people to fill gaps which have been identified in the products.
“There are a few recommendations and concerns which have been coming back,” LaRocque said. He described the common complaint of leaky biodegradable containers saying that there are moves to introduce new distributors and manufacturers.
“It’s an industry in Dominica right now. Private entrepreneurs or young innovative minds can start using our resources like bamboo and banana leaves. We can now go into those industries.”
The ban on non-biodegradable single use plastics took effect on Jan 1st 2019 and includes lids, cups, single use styrofoam/plastic containers, disposable plastic cutlery, and drinking straws.
LaRocque revealed that additional measures will be taken by Government in that same vein to protect the natural environment from the dangers of plastic.