SLHTA urges Government to pass legislation to control plastic waste

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SLHTA urges Government to pass legislation to control plastic waste

solid waste_0PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA), in declaring 2016 as the Year of the Environment expressed a firm commitment to strengthening existing good environmental practices as well as firmly advocating for policies and programs that would address the increasing environmental threats facing the island.

To this end, the Association has recently written to the Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science & Technology, Honorable James Fletcher, to express their concerns and fervent desire to see the enactment of legislation aimed at promoting the reuse or recycling of plastic containers and in so doing reduce the alarming degree of pollution caused by plastic refuse.  

Regionally there has been a growing commitment to tackling pollution caused by plastics. Plastic waste causes increased flooding and litters our beaches and coral reefs harming the natural wildlife.  Recent legislation in Brazil, Puerto Rico and Antigua has brought into effect a ban on the importation and use of all plastic bags. While similar legislation in St Lucia would be welcome in the future, the Association hopes to see in the more immediate short term, the enactment of legislation similar to the Returnable Containers Act in Barbados which levies a 10-20c refundable deposit on beer, soft drink and other beverage containers in order to ensure a high rate of recycling or reuse.

There was a commendable effort made in 2008 with the drafting of the Management of Beverage Containers Act. This act sought to incentivize the return of plastic containers in exchange for the payment of a cash refund. The SLHTA is urging the government to bring this matter back to the forefront and expediently enact legislation that can address the pollution caused by plastic bottles that not only overburden our limited landfills but block our rivers.   In declaring 2016 the Year of the Environment, the SLHTA hopes to draw into focus the importance of conserving the island’s fragile ecosystem.

The Association is encouraged by a recent declaration by the Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology calling for the reduction of littering to limit the impact of climate change. It is therefore the Association’s hope that with this renewed Government interest to reduce littering in an effort to combat climate change, that the Returnable Containers Bill will now be completed and passed so that we can finally tackle the growing plague of plastic which threatens to negatively impact our tourism industry, our primary economic driver at this time.

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  1. On that note of nature, can someone please EXPLAIN to me the purpose of cutting that beautiful tree just beside the VIGIE Roundabout...just as youre about to head up to NISSAN (Peter & Company)...who authorized it to be cut down AND for what reason...it pisses me off to see people...what harm or obstruction caused you to make that decision...do they plan on planting back anything...this tree was on a river bank....so what now?..the trees were here before us....leave them alone...its the same way i see people uselessly clearing lots for building and then they complain its hot...its hot because you are now killing all the flora and fauna on that lot of land...leaving the soil exposed to the sun...thus heating up the surrounding environment...whereas if you kept all mature trees...they keep the ground cool...providing a suitable moisture level to sustain plant or tree growth...another thing...how in gods name did PLANNING approve the sidewalk next to BOSL....are these people serious...Castries aka...Little Syria

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  2. I honestly believe that all mass produce drinks companies on island should take responsibility of their product, I say this because we (excluding myself) just have no pride in this island. Our little rock in this big ocean is a magnet for foreign entity that alone will make me want to dispose of my waste responsibly.

    I say the companies create a system...provide large bins in designated points on island where PLASTICS are disposed of....hire a few people say 50...to maintain and manage these drop-off points...and from there we compile the plastic in 20/40 foot containers to send away for recycling...hire a few people to move around the island to pick up after those who simply just do not know how for themselves....

    the island is not a large rubbish bin,...there ought to be a charge for littering...and i think there is but it is not enforced at all....especially from a moving vehicle...its a disgusting sight to see an individual toss his trash out of a car....leaves me to wonder what their yard might look like....to those encharge....provide me a pick up...and an endless supply of biodegradable XL bags...and on my weekends i will gather some friends and we will gladly go pick up the bottles...because im ashamed i really am.

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