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Legal Opinion on the Plastic Ban

On September 17, 2018, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Hon. Daryl Vaz, announced the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ’s) new strategy to address the country’s widespread problem of plastic pollution at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston, Jamaica. A ban on the importation, manufacturing, distribution of single-use plastic carrier bags, plastic drinking straws and expanded polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) food and beverage containers into Jamaica. The GOJ has indicated that they will be addressing the ban on under the Trade Act. Here is our legal opinion on whether the Trade Act adequately deals with the ban.