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Plastic ban to take effect on 1st January, 2019!

by: - December 5, 2018
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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)

In keeping with the vision of Dominica to become the world’s first climate resilient nation, the Government of Dominica has taken a decision to ban single use plastics and Styrofoam used in the food service industry.

In the 2018 budget address the Prime Minister made the following statement that Dominica prides itself as “The Nature Isle and must in every way preserve and reflect that designation.”

He stated in consistency with the Government’s vision to create the world’s first climate resilient nation, our designation as “The Nature Isle” and our commitment to protect Mother Earth, effective 1st January 2019, a number of items considered to be inimical to the environment will be banned.”

In an effort to implement this ban, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal and Cabinet has taken decisions to effect the ban on importation of the following non-biodegradable single use plastics: Lids, Cups, Single Use Styrofoam/Plastic Containers, Disposable Plastic Cutlery, and Drinking Straws with effect from January 1, 2019.

Cabinet has also approved the application of 0% duty on the importation of alternative authenticated biodegradable products (Lids, Cups, Single Use Containers, Cutlery, and Drinking Straws) and 0% duty on the importation of reusable shopping bags with immediate effect.

Additionally, a six (6) month phase out period, for the distribution and use of non-biodegradable products imported prior to the ban taking effect, will be in place from January 1 to June 31, 2019.

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal along with other partners will roll out a public awareness campaign which will include public consultations with the private sector and general public, media campaigns, educational sessions, and joint promotions with NGO’s and Private Sector organizations.