The ban on single-use, petroleum-based plastic packaging, containers and utensils is to take effect on New Year’s Day 2020 – no exceptions or extensions, said Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey

Mr. Humphrey told the Barbados Today that so far, most retailers have been complying with the pending legislation and local bag manufacturers were already producing more environmentally friendly bags.

The Minister’s comments came at the launch of the inaugural Blue Fest at Almond Bay last night. Blue Fest is a week of activities aimed at highlighting the work of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy in a bid to introduce the public to the concept of the economy and the extent to which many everyday activities depend on the sea.

Humphrey said he hoped to host an even bigger Blue Fest next year in conjunction with the Barbados We Gatherin’ initiative.

He said they’re hoping to have international partners involved in Blue Fest, and we may even have a blue economy conference.

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