Wednesday 19 December, 2018

NEPA sets up email to deal with queries on pending plastic ban

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has established an email address to deal with queries by individuals and businesses in relation to the impending ban on single use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam containers as of January 1, 2019.

At the same time, the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), which is responsible for maintaining standards in Jamaica’s tourism industry has welcomed the ban.

The email address to which the public may submit suggestions, comments and queries is policyonplasticban@nepa.gov.jm

According to NEPA, manufacturers and other impacted stakeholders are also encouraged to use the dedicated channel to present their queries regarding the exemption application process.

Meanwhile, TPDCo  is voicing its support for the pending ban.

In a statement on Friday, TPDCo noted that it has witnessed the environmental impact of plastic and styrofoam items, and its potential threat to erode the country's natural resources and beauty.

“As stewards of the environment, TPDCo welcomes this effort and the positive shift to protect our environment with a view towards sustainability. The organisation is pleased that the Government of Jamaica is now on par with global trends to preserve the earth's resources, which by extension will improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens,“ said the standards agency.

“TPDCo is well aware of the need to eliminate potentially harmful consequences of plastic ending up in our waters and polluting our public spaces,” it added.

TPDCo said it looks forward to the steps that will be taken over the next few months as Jamaica prepares to join other nations in their quest to protect the environment.

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