Speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on last Tuesday, Portfolio minister Daryl Vaz said the Government would in a matter of months, be prohibiting single-use plastic bags in the retail trade.
In response to the announcement, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) told Radio Jamaica that the plastic bag ban was long overdue.
"There's really no denying that Jamaica has a plastic problem; we've really reached national crisis (stage), so we're really glad that this action is being taken; it's very long overdue", Susan Stanley, CEO of JET, said.
She added however that it was important to get details concerning the proposed ban, including the timetable for implementation, whether there will be a grace period, and whether this will be a comprehensive ban or one with exceptions for certain sizes.
Only recently, the city of Brisbane, Australia announced a ban on plastic straws, helium balloons and single-use bottles and bags.
Brisbane's council, one of Australia’s largest, will ban the plastic paraphernalia from all of its operations and events.
Vendors at council-run events will not be allowed to supply the items, however, patrons can still bring their own.
Last month, British Prime Minister Theresa May laid out plans to ban single-use plastics, including straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds, to stop pollution.
According to National Geographic in their June edition extolling evils plactics, they said "earth’s plastic problem has become so bad, scientists recently found a plastic bag in the Mariana Trench — the deepest point in the ocean, sitting nearly 11 kilometres below the surface.
One million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the globe and most of them end up in landfill where they take a significant time to break down, or in the ocean where they kill marine life.
If it’s not bottles, it’s plastics bags and other plastic-based packaging that can find its way into our waterways and harm wildlife.
Some experts have warned that the plastic crisis is as bad as climate change.
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