September 1, 2018 is the date on which the Grenada Government will institute its ban on the importation of Styrofoam.

The ban on importation is the first in a phased approach to the eradication of Styrofoam and reduction of single-use plastics, in keeping with the Non-biodegradable Waste Control Act which was passed in both Houses of Parliament this year.

The second phase will be a ban on the sale of Styrofoam in the tri-island state effective March 1, 2019 and by April 1, 2019, to prohibit the sale and offer for sale of food in or with these products.

Ultimately there should be “Zero Styrofoam” across Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

A report by Now Grenada stated that Minister for Climate Resilience and the Environment, Senator Simon Stiell made the pronouncements during the government’s weekly Post Cabinet Media Briefing on August 28.

He noted that the ban is not being instituted arbitrarily, but in consultation with importers and other stakeholders.

A ban on the importation of single use handled shopping bags will come into effect on February 1, 2019 and by February 1, 2020, no more of those bags should be available in Grenada.

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