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St.Kitts & Nevis: Nevis Government to Ban Disposable Plastics

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Residence in Nevis may soon see a Government ban on the importation and the use of plastic and Styrofoam in an effort to protect the environment.

During Tuesday’s Throne Speech at the opening of the Nevis Island Assembly, it was revealed that during the Concerned Citizens Movement five year term in office it will seek to implement a ban on plastics and foam goods.

“This is a regional and global trend that is emerging and we have seen similar approaches in nearby Antigua and Barbuda. This effort will be done in consultation with stakeholders but is intended to ease the considerable environmental damage that plastic and Styrofoam causes to our island particularly our oceans,” Premier Mark Brantley said.

He explained that in addition to the push in renewable energy, the CCM-led NIA will ensure that planning laws and regulations are adhered to and that buildings conform to the requirements of the island’s building code.

“Where necessary, amendments to legislation will occur to ensure that Nevis stays abreast of best planning practices regionally and internationally.”

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