Styrofoam and Plastics (Prohibition) Act passed by Parliament

Press Release:- . In keeping with the government’s promise to continue plans to reduce the dependence of single-use plastic on the island, Parliament has passed the Styrofoam and Plastics (Prohibition) Act on June 11, 2019.

This act is a steppingstone in Saint Lucia’s efforts to have a clean, safe and healthy environment.

This is an important instrument that will assist in the enforcement of a reduction in single-use plastic and promote environmental sustainability.

The Act will take effect on August 1, 2019, with a ban on the importation of All Styrofoam® and selected single-use plastic food service containers.

Therefore, any Styrofoam® and selected plastic food service containers arriving in Saint Lucia after July 31, 2019, will not be released by the Department of Customs and Excise.

The act provides further details on the items that will be restricted as of August 1, 2019 and August 1, 2020, with a twelve -month phase-out period for phase 1 and 2 respectively. The Styrofoam and Plastics (Prohibition) Act will soon be in the gazette and available for the public perusal.

All importers are encouraged to declare their stock of Styrofoam and single-use plastics to the Department of Sustainable Development, as of August 1, 2019.

Minister with responsibility for Sustainable Development, Dr. Gale T.C Rigobert is pleased with the support that her ministry has received from stakeholders and interested parties thus far and encourages the public to continue partnering with the government to ensure a healthy environment for all.


  1. I appiaud that move but also there should be a national campaign to clean the entire island to unclog all drains and waterways as we are in the rainy season how can we allow a beautiful tropical island to have so much plastic water bottles that bottlewater company should be responsible for how the bottles should recycle thoes bottles

    • There’s an ulterior motive in allowing our drains and waterways to clog up!

      And that is, for the very well placed contractors to get more lucrative contracts.

      Lets be real it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to acknowledge that if its not done havoc is caused after a storm or hurricane.

      Spy for the boss the later bit of your paragraph makes perfect sense in the developed world however St Lucia has no re-cycling plant much to ours and OECSs detriment.

      Our politicians lack the foresight to help a local invest in a re-cycling plant, not just for Lucia but the entire OECS.

      • So you mean someone is so powerful to collude with thousands of nasty St. Lucians just so he or she can get contacts to clean drains. I guess is the same person who has household waste being produced all over the island so he can get contract to haul the garbage to Deglo.

  2. Yes, I totally agree!! What about a ban on the chemicals, like ROUND UP, proven in court to cause many types of cancer. This is the way we grow our food, pollute our water and kill ourselves.


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