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We knew plastic ban was coming!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The chairman of Wisynco Group William Mahfood's characterisation of Minister Daryl Vaz's pronouncements on the possible ban on plastics and Styrofoam as knee-jerk is preposterous.

He does admit that the country is in a crisis, but is one of the very first to criticise the impending move.

One can understand Mahfood's position based on the fact that his company is one of the largest manufacturers of plastics and as such it would be extremely impacting on him. It is, however, incumbent on the Government to do all that is necessary to prevent the decay of the environment by way of pollution.

I am very mindful that the transition to use more biodegradable products can be costly, especially for the smaller business owners, but the process has to begin and the longer we wait, the more costly it will become. Furthermore, the cost will be incomparable to the long-term benefits associated with this move.

Interestingly, this way forward has been bandied about for years now and many companies, such as Island Grill, started phasing out plastics and Styrofoam. So it shouldn't be greeted with absurdity by some big corporations only watching their bottom line.

The Government, like all of us, have a civic responsibility to take care of our environment and, in return, it will take care of us. So with care and thoughtfulness, much like the touted ban on sugary drinks in schools, the Government should proceed, but cautiously ensuring all factors are considered.

Melvin Pennant


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