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A busy street in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. (File photo)

Barbados delays ban on single-use plastics

A busy street in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. (File photo)

The Government of Barbados extended its deadline for the ban on single-use plastic bags until April 1, 2020.

The ban included items made from plastic of polystrene.

The three-month extension was announced by Minister of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey at an awards function over the weekend, reported Barbados Today.

Humphrey said the request was made by manufacturers and granted by Cabinet, but said it was not his Government going back on its word. He said the additional time was to provide additional time for those affected to put in place necessary measures for the impending ban.

Minister of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey

The Barbados government announced the ban on single-use plastics earlier this year, as it moved towards being a green economy. Among the items included in the ban were cups, plates, cutlery, straw and other items made from plastic or polystyrene.

The measure was implemented in parts beginning with a ban on the importation of single-use plastics on April 1 this year, which was followed by a ban on the sale and distribution of single-use plastics on July 1.

The ban follows a general trend towards greater environmental protection in the Caribbean, and around the world, where Jamaica banned single-use plastics on January 1 this year and Trinidad and Tobago announced a ban on Styrofoam to take effect January 1, 2020.