Hugh Gray, Owner of Agri & Industrial Packaging Company
At least one plastic manufacturer has expressed concern about the impending ban on single-use plastic bags in the retail trade.
Hugh Gray, Owner of Agri & Industrial Packaging Company, said a wholesale ban on such products could have a devastating impact on his business.
He said he is also "very concerned" that it remains unclear whether all single-use plastic bags will be banned or if it will only apply to scandal bags.
"When you say single item bags, are you talking scandal bags only? Are you talking about the bags that (are used as) wrappers for bread, rice, flour, sugar, any of those things?" he questioned.
Mr. Gray believes a ban on scandal bags would not have as great an impact as a wholesale prohibition of plastic bags.
According to the manufacturer, more than 90 per cent of scandals bags are currently imported from China.
He has called for a clear timeline on when the ban is to be implemented.
"Is it going to be next week, next year? Is there going to be time for us manufacturers to reconfigure our organisation to take advantage of any other area? Will we have to think of putting out to pasture a hundred people that we have employed? What is it?" he put forward.
Daryl Vaz, Minister without portfolio with responsibility for the Environment, on Tuesday announced that Jamaicans will soon be banned from packing groceries and other goods in single-use plastic bags.
Mr. Vaz noted that these single-use plastic bags are not recyclable and have no value beyond their use but they result in a cost to the broader society each time they are used.
The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) has said the majority of the Association's members are in support of a plastic bag policy.
JMEA President Metry Seaga told RJR News Wednesday morning that the group will be working alongside the government to ban the use of non-biodegradable items which have proven dangerous to the environment.