On April 1, 2019, the Government of Barbados banned the importation of Styrofoam, egg trays and petro-based, single-use plastic such as products made from petroleum, such as single-use plastic cups, cutlery, including plastic knives, forks and spoons, stirrers, straws and plates.   

The ban on the retail, sale and use of existing stock was extended to July 1, 2019 in response to concerns expressed by chicken producers, manufacturers, vendors and retailers.

All petro-based plastic bags except for those used for the packaging of pharmaceuticals/medicines, hygiene and the preservation of food and, the use of tetra pack straws are banned effective January 1, 2020. 

Plastic bottles used in the production of juices are exempted from this ban.

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