Styrofoam and Plastics Food Service Containers (Prohibition) Act No. 22 of 2019
The legal instrument bans the importation, use, distribution and manufacturing of commonly problematic selected single-use plastics. The Saint Lucia government aims to reduce the dependence on selected single-use plastics by residence. Additionally, the government is committed to educating and encouraging consumers to be more cognizant of the impacts on the environment and to think sustainability when making purchases. The Styrofoam and Plastics Food Service Containers (Prohibition) Act No. 22 of 2019 bans single-use food service containers made of polystyrene (PS), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The instrument also makes provisions for the confiscation of the prohibited items at the country's ports; the imposition of fines; and the disposal of banned items in accordance with the waste management act.
This Act supports SDG 12.1, 12.5 and 12.7, moving towards mainstreaming sustainable development into national policies, adopting sustainable patterns and to reduce plastic waste. It intends to shift the sustainable procurement and consumption patterns of residence of Saint Lucia