Sunday, April 14, 2024

In bind over plastic ban

Date:

Share post:

 

RETAILERS ARE TRYING to dump stock ahead of the April 1 deadline ban on single-use plastics, but one of them is saying six months is not enough time for some to make the switch.

The ban will be on items such as plastic cups, plates, spoons, forks, knives and straws, and styrofoam containers (including egg trays).

The retailer, who has slashed his prices, said they met with Government representatives last October, and the ban was a “rush job”.

“I had stock before they indicated anything about banning these products. You know they were coming to ban, but Government hasn’t been saying anything. It was the Future Centre Trust that was mainly putting this out,” said the man, who declined to be named but has been in the business for 13 years.

“Six months is too short. Even if they had given you a year to put your house in order, things would turn out for the better because the minute that this happened, business slowed down on this foam tray issue. This is the same stock I am trying to get rid of.”

He has not looked at alternatives, adopting a wait-and-see attitude so market forces could determine which products would be accepted. He said people selling food were going to miss the Styrofoam.

President of the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs (BARVEN), Alister Alexander, said while he could understand the need to protect the environment, he was not sure “if they have thought through the implementation of these things and the implications”.

Subscribe now to our eNATION edition.

For the latest stories and breaking news updates download the Nationnews apps for iOS and Android.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

Fogging Schedule: April 15 to 19

A number of communities in St Michael and Christ Church will be fogged by the Ministry of Health...

Former Surinamese president Bouterse ineligible to enter United States

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on former Surinamese President Desiré Delano Bouterse and six former Surinamese...

Gunners failed to fire against Villa

Aston Villa produced an outstanding performance to stun Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and leave Manchester City in pole...

Liverpool’s title hopes hit by loss to Palace

Andy Robertson insisted Liverpool will "keep fighting" despite their Premier League title hopes suffering a huge blow as...