JMEA working with gov't to stop use of plastic bags, styrofoam

Metry Seaga
The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) says its members have been meeting to devise a plan to protect the environment from non-biodegradable items such as plastic bags and styrofoam. 
JMEA President Metry Seaga provided an update Wednesday morning on the Associaton's plans to work with the Government to ban the use of non-biodegradable items which have proven dangerous to the environment.
Mr. Seaga told RJR News that he was not surprised by Tuesday's announcement by Daryl Vaz, Minister without portfolio with responsibility for the Environment, that Jamaicans will soon be banned from packing groceries and other goods in single-use plastic bags.
He said Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Mr. Vaz met with members of the JMEA and other manufacturers last week. 
"We did indicate to them both that we felt that it was important that the industry be a part of the discussions from early and they committed to having that be the case. So we have started the process of discussing some solutions and ensuring that our members and the employees in that sector are not hurt in any deleterious way," said Mr. Seaga. 
He said the majority of the Association's members are in support of a plastic bag policy.
"We recognise that there are some things that are affecting the environment and we need to find solutions to them. We are not sure that the technology has caught up adequately at this point so some of it will just be a matter of time," he suggested. 

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