Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bill to prohibit single-use plastics, regulate compostable plastics

By Royston Jones Jr.

Release of balloons subject to between $2,000 and $3,000 fine.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is seeking to prohibit single-use plastic foodware and bags in The Bahamas, regulate the use of compostable single-use plastics, along with making it a criminal offense to release balloons into the atmosphere — an action that would carry hefty fines.

The Environmental Protection (Control of Plastic Pollution) Act, 2019, was released for public consultation yesterday.

The government has proposed that the law would come into force on January 1, 2020.

If passed, businesses would be permitted to use and sell compostable single-use plastics to consumers until June 30, 2020, according to the bill.

A degradable or compostable plastic item typically deteriorates faster than conventional plastic products.

The legislation applies to anyone who manufactures, possesses, sells, supplies or uses any single-use plastic foodware set, including reusable plastic foodware; compostable plastic foodware; plastic foodware that is an integral part of the packaging in which food or drink is sealed prior to its delivery to a point of sale.  Read more >>