The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is imploring the government to dismiss appeals for delay of the January 1, 2020 ban on Styrofoam.
JET says the scheduled implementation of the ban is a progressive move towards improved solid waste management and regulation, which should be strongly enforced.
In the meantime, the environmental group says it is critical that wide scale public education on the Styrofoam ban begin immediately, to avoid the kind of public confusion and resistance that was seen with the scandal bag ban earlier this year.
JET says it has observed that several restaurant operators have already replaced Styrofoam take-out lunch boxes with the alternative biodegradable options.
It is also recommending that more Jamaican restaurants and cook shops encourage the use of reusable lunch containers by their customers, which will further reduce the amount of garbage produced.