26 Sep '12, 2pm

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags & Disposable Foam Products

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags & Disposable Foam Products

The big question is how well this will be enforced: Miami Herald reports that as of October 1st the importation, manufacture or sale of plastic bags and disposable foam products will be banned in Haiti. Most such products are currently imported from the Dominican Republic. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe says the ban is aimed at attempting to address the nation's massive litter problem and protecting the nation's coastline, shore and remaining mangrove forests. In built up areas Lamothe says non-biodegradable waste clogs "95 percent of our sewage system, creating mass floods in poor neighborhoods...that is costing the state more than $50 million a year, if we had the means to clean up." Lamothe also notes that advantages of switching (returning...) to non-plastic biodegradable alternatives "will benefit Haiti's short, mid and long-term environmental interest." (Surfrider ) ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/haiti-bans...

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