BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday December 9, 2019 – The ban on single-use plastic bags will now take effect from April 1, 2020. That’s because Government has extended the deadline from January 1, 2020.
The announcement was made over the weekend by Minister of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey.
“The manufacturers in Barbados of single use plastic bags have over the last year…been able to produce a bag that is made from a completely organic compound…a natural organic bag. They asked me, and the Cabinet agreed, to delay the ban on the plastic bags from January 1, to March 31. The ban will take effect from the April 1, 2020,” he said.
However, he insisted that this did not mean Government was “reneging on its promises”.
“That is to allow the manufacturers of plastic bags in Barbados to be able to do what they have to do,” Humphrey stressed, making reference to the switch over from one process to another.
Earlier this year, Government enforced a ban on all petro-based single use plastic containers, and those caught using the banned items face prosecution.