Belize says "goodbye" to single-use plastic
The new legislation regulates the import and manufacture of restricted products through a licensing and permitting process through the Department of Environment
The Government of Belize announced that as of last Wednesday, the regulations implementing the ban on the use of single-use plastics and polystyrene foam products as a measure to prevent the degradation of their environment came into force.
The regulations were communicated by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Belize, Godwin Hulse. "The purpose of these regulations is to carry out the Government's decision to reduce pollution by plastic and polystyrene through the gradual elimination of single-use plastics, including shopping bags and plastic and foam utensils," Designated the official.
"This decision was taken as a necessary pollution control measure to protect the terrestrial and marine environment from non-plastic plastic pollution," said Hulse.
The new legislation regulates the importation and manufacture of restricted products through a licensing and permitting process through the Department of the Environment.
The list of single-use plastic products that are prohibited under the Environmental Protection Regulation (Pollution from Plastics), 2020, is as follows:
Single-use polystyrene and plastic foam.
Dishes, bowls, cups and lids made of plastic and polystyrene foam for single use.
Forks, knives, spoons, spoons and single-use plastic cutlery.
Single-use plastic bags commonly known as shopping bags and / or t-shirt bags
Single use plastic sorbets
Several Caribbean countries have implemented the state of legislation that prohibits single-use plastics.
More than 300,000 tons of plastic waste in the Caribbean with no child collected each year as a result of the good part of the region's households throw plastic waste into waterways or land, according to World Bank data.
In addition, more than four million plastic wastes were recovered in coastal areas between 2006 and 2012 in the Caribbean, according to information from the United Nations Environment Program.