Wednesday, May 22, 2024


GOB takes steps to ban single-use plastic and Styrofoam products

During the sitting of the Cabinet on Tuesday, March 20th, the Government of Belize (GOB) approved a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, Styrofoam products, and plastic food utensils in the country by April 22, 2019. Many conservationists across the country welcomed this great news as garbage pollution continues to be a main concern in Belize’s terrestrial and marine environment.

Phasing Out of Single-use Plastic Bags, Styrofoam and Plastic Food Utensils

A proposal to reduce pollution via phasing out single-use plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam & plastic food utensils by April 22, 2019 was approved by Cabinet on March 20, 2018. 

No exceptions made for duty-free biodegradable products: foam products get tax exemption

Recently the Government of Belize (GOB) passed a statutory instrument to give zero rated status to foam products instead of biodegradable options.

Residents are encouraged to start the sorting of garbage

With the Solid Waste Management Project expected to begin soon on Ambergris Caye, residents are encouraged to start practicing the sorting of their garbage