Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020. 7:29 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Today, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, Godwin Hulse, signed into law the Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulations, 2020.
The law comes into effect on January 15, 2020.
The Government of Belize says that the purpose of these regulations is to carry out Cabinet’s decision to reduce plastic and styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastics, including shopping bags and styrofoam and plastic food utensils.
“This decision was made as a necessary pollution control measure to protect the terrestrial and marine environment from harmful plastic contamination,” an official statement noted.
According to the ministry, these regulations have undergone months of legislative drafting and re-drafting, and have been subjected to an extensive consultation period with regulators and stakeholders from the private sector such as importers, manufacturers, and producers of single-use plastics.
A copy of the new regulations will be sent for publishing in the Government Gazette, and is available for download from the Department of Environment’s website at www.doe.gov.bz.
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