No Holding Back On Plastic Ban Talks

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There was no holding back as vendors, retailers, distributors and members of the public voiced concerns over the ban on petro-based single-use plastics during the first of two town hall meetings, held on Wednesday night. Topping the list of concerns was the price of alternative products, the July 1 deadline for the ban on the usage of the items, the …

Market Upgrades To Get Under Way Soon

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Government’s upgrade of the Bridgetown, Speightstown and Berinda Cox Fish Markets is set to get under way later this month, with work expected to be completed by the end of the quarter. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, said government had already signed off on the upgrades, and persons would see upgraded markets in the coming …

Government Starts To Remove Derelict Boats

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New rules to govern the operations of fish markets across Barbados are on the cards. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, made this announcement as he watched the destruction of derelict boats in the Bridgetown Fish Market today. “Before the end of this year you will see new legislation coming to Parliament that addresses the boatyard …

Single-Use Plastics Ban: “So Far, So Good!”

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The ban on the importation of single-use plastics in Barbados has been “so far, so good”. That is the assessment of Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, as he gave an update on day five of the ban on the importation of the products into Barbados. “There will be teething problems. We are asking people to …

Town Hall Meetings To Discuss Plastics Ban

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In an effort to sensitize members of the public and key stakeholders about the ban on petro-based single use plastics, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy will host two town hall meetings this month. The first of these meetings will take place on Wednesday, April 17, at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Paddock Road, St. Michael.  Vendors, …

Humphrey: Alternatives To Plastics Affordable

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There are alternatives to petro-based single-use plastics available in Barbados, and they are affordable. That was the declaration of Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, following a tour of a number of exhibits at Sheraton Mall.  It was part of the ministry’s “No Plastics, No Problem” initiative last Saturday, ahead of the April 1 ban on …

Heavy Fines For Breaching Plastic Laws

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As government prepares to implement a ban on petroleum-based plastics, importers, retailers and users have been warned that they will face serious consequences, if they breach the new law. From April 1, the ban on importation of such petro-based single-use products will be enforced, while the distribution, sale and use of such products will be banned from July 1. After …

Items Exempt From Plastics Ban

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Garbage bags are among a number of items exempted from the pending ban on petro-based single-use plastics that takes effect from April 1 for importers, and July 1, for vendors, retailers and users. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, outlined the items exempted from the ban as he delivered his presentation during the second reading of …

Changes To Plastic Ban Announced

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The pleas of vendors and retailers for an extension to the deadline for the ban of single use petro-based plastics in Barbados have been answered. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, on Thursday night announced that vendors and retailers will now have until July 1, to use their existing stock, while the ban on the importation …

Gov’t Monitoring Prices Of Plastic Alternatives

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Government will be monitoring the prices charged for items using alternatives to petro-based plastics when the ban takes effect on April 1. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, said while government did not have the jurisdiction to determine or influence the mark-up of items, efforts were already under way to monitor attempts at price gouging. He …