Yesterday, the Government issued a release announcing that it has embarked on an initiative with stakeholders to phase out single use of plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 22nd 2019. Following this publication, Oceana Belize issued a release of their own commending the decision taken by GOB indicating that the decision is welcomed by thousands of Belizeans who have carried out several clean up campaigns country wide and have seen the harmful impacts on our natural resources due to the use of single use plastic and Styrofoam.
The release also indicated that Oceana has been proud to support the Belizean businesses who have already launched alternatives to these items namely glass and bamboo straws as well as clam shells and other food containers made from biodegradable and compostable material. Oceana further stated that many businesses have included such alternatives in their inventory to meet consumer demands.
Vice President of Oceana in Belize, Janelle Chanona stated, quote “This policy change will once again place Belize among the world leaders in the safeguarding of our natural resources from the harmful effects of single use plastics and Styrofoam. We are confident that by localizing the experiences of Caribbean countries like Antigua and Barbuda and our friends in Taiwan, this shift can be both successful and beneficial on multiple fronts.” End of quote.