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Expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) Ban
by Ministry of Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour - St Vincent and the Grenadines (Government)
The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines announced a ban on the importation of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) food service products with effect from 1st May, 2017. At the same time, he announced the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on biodegradable alternatives with a view to lowering the cost of more environmentally positive substitutes and to reduce the adverse effects of plastics on the environment. Under the new legislation, importers have up to 90 days after 1st May, 2017 to receive all orders placed before that date and all sale and use of Styrofoam food service products will be strictly prohibited after 31st January, 2018 except specifically permitted to do so by the Minister.
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
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
Enforcement of legislation
January 2018
Ban sale and use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) food service products
July 2017
Receipt of all orders placed before 1st May 2017 must be received
May 2017
Ban importation/manufacture of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) food service products
Staff / Technical expertise
monitoring and enforcement
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - continuous
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce; Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment; Central Water and Sewerage Authority - Solid Waste Management Unit; Customs & Excise; SVG Bureau of Standards
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Janeel Miller-Findlay, Director of Sustainable Development, cenplan@svgcpd.com; janeel.miller@gmail.com, 784 485 6992
1st Floor Administrative, Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines
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