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Wisynco wants five-year transition before styro/plastic ban

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chairman of Wisynco, William Mahfood, saying that his company is in support of the Government on the matter of recycling and removal of damaging materials to the environment, insisted that a suggested five-year transition period would be a workable approach.

Mahfood, in a statement responding to Government's ban on plastics and Styrofoam containers, said that he is “concerned that the time, energy and resources invested into the recommendations made by a private/public sector working group, approved by Cabinet, have been sidelined based on the speedy announcement to introduce the ban in January of 2019.”

Mahfood, whose company is a major producer of plastic and Styrofoam products, questioned why his suggested period of five years for local businesses to transition from the use of such products has been ignored by Government.

He argued that in addition to his suggestion of a transition period, the Government should implement key activities over a 24-month period for the purposes of public education, legislative review and to ensure that the Customs authority, Trade Board and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries are fully prepared to enforce the ban.

“This would also allow time for a full regulatory impact assessment to be carried out, which would measure the full impact of the ban to fully inform the subsequent nature of the final bill,” the Wisynco chief said.

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