Phasing Out Single-use Plastic

What can the tourism sector do to contribute to a Clean and Green Belize?

On 20 March 2018, Cabinet approved a phase-out of single-use plastic by 2019 with the objective of reducing the amount of plastics that enter Belize’s waste stream and polluting our environment, transitioning to biodegradable products, and protecting human health from the negative effects of plastic pollution.

WHAT WILL BE PHASED OUT?

The phase-out approved on 20 March 2018 targets single-use disposable plastics and Styrofoam products. The specific products to be phased-out are:

a) single-use disposable carrier bags – commonly referred to as plastic shopping bags – “t-shirt” bags
b) single-use disposable plastics containers and eating utensils such as plates, cups, straws, spoons, forks, and knives
c) single-use disposable Styrofoam containers and eating utensils such as clamshells, plates, cups, spoons, forks and knives
d) Styrofoam pellets used in manufacturing of Styrofoam containers and eating utensils such as clamshells, plates, cups, spoons, forks and knives

HOW WILL THE PHASE OUT BE EXECUTED?

On July 2018, an implementation plan for the phase out was completed focusing on five areas:

Summary of Implementation Strategy (Source: Department of the Environment - www.doe.gov.bz)

The Ministry of Tourism is working on best practices to share with the tourism sector on how they can best phase out single use plastics at their property.

Below is a list of companies that supply biodegradable alternatives to plastic. This list is constantly updated. If you supply biodegradables, kindly send an email to eddie.herrera@tourism.gov.bz with your details.

Suppliers of Biodegradable Products (Source: Ministry of Investment, 2018)