Jamaica: $2-Million Fine For Plastics – Businesses Rush To Apply For Exemption As Ban Takes Effect January 1

With the ban on certain single-use plastics and styrofoam products just days away, and facing a possible fine of up to $2 million or a maximum of two years’ imprisonment, the list of businesses applying for temporary exemption to the ban is slowing growing.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) said that to date, they are in receipt of 11 applications.

“Those requesting exemptions are predominantly from the food-processing industry. Requests have also been received from the plastic-manufacturing industry. Exemptions will not be granted beyond January 1, 2021,” said public relations officer at NEPA, Ollyvia Anderson.

The exemptions are being granted for single-use plastic shopping bags made of polyethylene or polypropylene with dimensions at or less than 24″x 24″ and of thickness greater than 1.2mils and at or less than 2.5mils.


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