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Friday 14 August, 2020

St Kitts & Nevis: Total ban of single use plastic could take 5 years

St. Kitts and Nevis is seriously considering implementing a ban on single use plastics, that’s according to Minister responsible for the environment, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton.

During Thursday’s budget debate, Minister Hamilton noted that members of the international community continue to lobby for a worldwide ban on single use plastics.

He said while the Federation is fully cognizant of the threat that single use plastics have on the environment, the phasing out process will be gradual and can take as long as five years.

This, Minister Hamilton believes, is necessary to give citizens sufficient time to adjust.

He said: “This will allow local companies to retrofit and retool their companies to adapt to the ban.”

The Federations Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Destination Council have joined forces, as they continue to advocate for the ban of single use plastics.

In 2018, they started Plastic Free July, an initiative meant to educate citizens on the ways plastic pollution threatens marine life, personal health and the islands tourism product.

A number of islands have already banned the use of single use plastics, among them Jamaica, Dominica and Turks and Caicos.

 

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