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Combating pollution from plastic products
by Ministry of Environment,Energy and Climate Change (Government)
Seychelles has always prided itself on a clean and safe environment, particularly the marine environment. Solid Waste Management remains one of Seychelles biggest environmental challenges, particularly increasingly the issue of plastic. The government has over the years taken a gradual approach to dealing with plastic products, through the Waste Management Fund, there is an established recycling programme aimed towards PET bottles. Plastic carrier bags has increasingly become a problem, over the past years government started with a policy of restricting a certain degree of thickness allowable for small plastic bags starting at 30 microns to 50 microns.

In 2015, the government announced the intention to start the implementation of a full ban on plastic carrier bags, styrofoam take-away boxes and plastic utensils(spoons, forks, knives, plates,bowls and cups). Working with the Seychelles Revenue Commission as of January 2017 there is now a full ban on importation of these products, as of 1st of July 2017 the full ban on usage and trading of the items will come into force. The Ministry since the announcement of the ban has been working closely with the private sector particularly the importers to ensure that the alternatives gradually are being imported.In reference to education and sensitisation, the government is working closely with local NGOs to educate and sensitise the public about the ban and also the available alternatives.

Internationally, Seychelles has partnered with PARLEY AIR to combat the issue of plastics in the marine environment, towards the end of 2017 the government will start the planning works together with PARLEY AIR to put in place a plastic recycling programme as part of the global PARLEY AIR programme.

In the longer term, the government and its partners intends to establish a centralised recycling center on the main island of Mahe for different waste streams including plastic.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
January 2017
Ban on Importation on plastic products ( shopping carrier bags, styrofoam boxes and utensils)
January 2020
Establishment of a waste sorting or recycling center on the main island of Mahe
July 2017
Ban on utilisation of plastic products ( shopping carrier bags, styrofoam boxes and utensils)
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff from government and volunteers from NGOs have been mobilised.Our partnership with PARLEY AIR will involve input from their technical experts in setting up the recycling system in Seychelles
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 January - 2025 January
Ministry of Environment,Energy and Climate Change (Government) Ministry of Education (Government) Seychelles Revenue Commission (Government) Waste Management Trust Fund(Government) Sustainability for Seychelles (NGO) Seychelles Youth AIMS Hub( NGO) PARLEY AIR (Partnership) Private Sector in general General Public at large UNEP(UN) Nairobi Convention (Partnership)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Countries of the Western Indian Ocean
Contact information
Alain de Comarmond, Principal Secretary, adecomarmond@gov.sc, +248 4670512
Botanical Gardens, Mahe,Republic of Seychelles
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