From January 1, 2019, the Jamaican government will ban the importation, manufacturing, and distribution of single-use plastic, plastic straws and Styrofoam containers.

The ban excludes single-use plastic bags utilised to maintain public health or food safety standards such as those used to package raw meats, flour, rice, sugar and baked goods such as bread. Parts of the medical sector will also be exempted.

There are grounds for exemption from the ban. Single-use plastics used to package raw meat and some other foodstuffs will not be included. Despite its somewhat limited range, the upcoming ban will is an indication that Carribean consumers are too becoming increasingly aware of the issue of plastic waste.