ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — The Grenada government said it is to table legislation banning the importation of Styrofoam and plastic as part of a proper waste management strategy.

“I intend to bring to Parliament a Styrofoam Bill which will ban the importation of Styrofoam as a first start, from that we will be moving to plastic,” said Health Minister Nicholas Steele, adding that here will also be new legislation regarding fires and the recycling of products.

“We [are] way, way behind time for that, there can be no argument about that, they are not biodegradable so they stay in the earth, they stay wherever they are thrown for years and years,” said Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste who disclosed that the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association have already adopted a policy of not using Styrofoam.

“Hoteliers have been pushing for this, banning Styrofoam is one of the measures we are taking to protect the environment,” she said, adding that Styrofoam is also not suitable for the environment.

“This has become an environmental problem, especially when we look at our landfill which has so many problems, we just cannot afford to continue to compound it,” she said.

Steele said that the first piece of legislation will be taken to the Parliament next month.

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