PSOJ to assist gov't in mitigating fallout from Styrofoam, plastics ban

Howard Mitchell and NEPA's Anthony McKenzie
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says it will be working with the government to minimise any negative impact the impending ban on Styrofoam products and some plastics could have on the economy.
There are concerns that the ban, which takes effect on January 1, 2019, could result in job losses. 
However, PSOJ President Howard Mitchell said the organisation has already met to discuss partnering with the government to implement the restrictions in a way that will minimise the damage to consumers as well as its members. 
Education campaign 
Meanwhile, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has promised that by December, there will be a robust public education campaign on the impending ban.
Some stakeholders have been calling for the government to ensure that this is done.
One of the concerns relate to penalties for breaches. Another is how to dispose of the excess banned items after January 1.
Anthony McKenzie, Director for Environmental Management and Conservation at NEPA, said the public education campaign will seek to explain these issues.
Responding to the concerns on TVJ's Smile Jamaica programme Thursday morning, he said the majority of the banned items should be used up by the January deadline. 

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