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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019. 2:49 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: As Belize prepares to phase out the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam utensils, the Belize Bureau of standards is hard at work developing national standards for the importation of biodegradable replacements for the products being banned.

Director of the BBS, Jose Trejo, told Breaking Belize News that the Bureau has established a technical committee, tasked with reviewing standards and other relevant materials from around the world and create a draft standard that fits the Belizean reality. The committee, which has already had four meetings, is comprised of members from the public sector, private sector, and academia.

Trejo stressed that the bureau is trying to complete all the necessary steps in the shortest possible time; however, the issue is very complex and issues need to be worked on thoroughly to ensure that the end result is something that can be complied with on a national level.

“What I can say is that a standard from scratch takes about 24 months but this is something we don’t envision to take that long because of the urgency,” Trejo said. “I would probably say a year or a little more than a year, perhaps.”

In March of 2018, the government of Belize decided to ban single-use plastics and set up a multi-sectoral committee to work on the technical details. They set April 2019 as one of the major dates for the phase-out, which would see restrictions placed on importing plastic and Styrofoam products.

 

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