Jamaica: Samuda Urges Scrutiny As Plastics Replace Foam

Legislation banning styrofoam has spurred a boom in plastic food packaging, which inadvertently presents a similar, if not worse, problem regarding a rise in non-biodegradables.

Senator Matthew Samuda, who in 2018 piloted the ban on single-use plastics, has called for greater scrutiny on purportedly biodegradable products.

“Some things claiming to be biodegradable give me concern because I don’t believe they are,” Samuda said.

The ban on the local manufacture, distribution, and use of expanded polystyrene foam products used in the food and beverage industry came into effect on January 1 as part of the Holness administration’s anti-pollution measures.


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