Extend ban!

As food vendors cried out for another extension, and distributors sought more help from Government on how to dispose of thousands of dollars of old stock, Barbadians began adjusting to the ban on single-use plastics, which went into force on Monday.

Even Crop Over event promoters said they were putting systems in place to ensure clients and patrons would comply with the prohibitions. Products such as single-use plastic cups, knives, forks, spoons, stirrers, straws, plates, egg trays (both plastic and Styrofoam) and Styrofoam containers used in the culinary retail industry are now illegal. Their sale and use can attract a fine of $50 000 or imprisonment for a year, or both.

Food vendor Andrew Charles, who operates in St Michael areas, called for more time to adjust to the change.

“I think people should get together and call a meeting with the Government and negotiate with them again, and have it extended at least to the end of the year,” he told THE NATION.