During the month of April 2020, the ban on the sale and use of single use petroleum-based plastic bags in Barbados was stopped temporarily, to allow local manufacturers to make and deliver petroleum-based bags, as the biodegradable resin used in the production of allowable bags was in short supply on the world market, due to a lack of materials under the COVID-19 curfew.
Local manufacturers, who applied and were granted an extension by MMABE, said they had acquired sufficient amounts of the biodegradable resin and are in a position to restart the manufacturing by the agreed upon date of August 4.
Persons who go shopping with reusable bags are reminded to keep those bags in a hygienic condition at all times.
The Ministry looks forward to all interests creating a smooth transition, and Barbadians are reminded that when they use biodegradable products these help protect the environment and safeguard the oceans and marine life.
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