The government will be making changes to the ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene to counter practices being carried out by persons that are outside of the regulations.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda, said the plan is to increase the size, both in terms of dimensions, thickness and types of plastic bags that are banned. He added that it is also the government’s intention to include plastic containers, which are being used to substitute styrofoam, in the ban.

He advised businesses that are contemplating their next round of purchases, to strongly consider recyclable alternatives, or they will get stuck with goods they cannot use. He emphasized that the government will not be reimbursing those purchases 

Meanwhile, Senator Samuda said microplastics, which are within personal care products, will also be included in the changes. More details here: