Plastic bag. Image: Takoma Park
Solid waste

Guyana to ban single-use plastics by 2021

The government of Guyana has confirmed its intention to implement a systematic ban on single-use plastics by 2021: Minister of State, Joseph Harmon … said “the work has already begun on sensitising our population to the fact that 2021 is the date we have identified for a ban on single-use …

Plastics for recycling. Image: Lisa.
Solid waste

Private sector promotes recycling in the USVI

The St. John Source reports on how one business in the US Virgin Islands is partnering with non-governmental organisations and concerned citizens to encourage recycling:  When Plaza Extra owner Wille Hamed moved to St. Thomas from St. Croix in 1993, the Bovoni landfill was flat. “Now it’s 2018, and the …

St. Maarten landfill fire. Image: via St. Maarten Daily Herald.
Air pollution

St. Maarten landfill puts public health “in peril”

Following a recent Green Antilles post about the recurring fires at the Riverton landfill in Jamaica, a reader brought to my attention the ongoing landfill woes in St. Maarten. The most recent fire at the Pond Island landfill occurred just days ago, leading to public health advisories for communities nearby. …

Plastic bag. Image: Mitchell Haindfield
Solid waste

Government of Grenada announces ban on Styrofoam and single-use plastics

The importation of Styrofoam has been banned with effect from September 1, 2018, and the sale of Styrofoam will be prohibited starting March 2, 2019. The importation of single-use plastic bags will be illegal as of February 1, 2019. Following additional consultation, other single-use plastics are also scheduled to be …

Styrofoam cup. Image: Alan Antiporda
Solid waste
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Saint Lucia to ban the use of Styrofoam and plastic food service containers

Another Caribbean country has announced measures to phase out and ultimately prohibit single-use Styrofoam and plastics. From the St. Lucia Times: Saint Lucia plans to  phase-out  Styrofoam food service containers and plastics, both plates and cups, beginning December 1, 2018, with a total ban on their importation before the end …

Simera Crawford. Image: courtesy of Simera Crawford.
Innovation
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Green Antilles interview: Simera Crawford

Today’s Green Antilles interview is with Simera Crawford. Simera is the executive founder of the Caribbean Environmental Management Bureau, and the mastermind behind BitEgreen, an enterprise that aims to transform waste management in Barbados by using gamification as an incentive to recycling. Please explain to Green Antilles readers what BitEgreen …

Riverton fire. Image: via Mixx 102.
Air pollution
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Calls for government agencies to face legal action over recurring landfill fires in Jamaica

Fires at the Riverton landfill in Jamaica have become a routine occurrence, and constitute a major threat to environmental quality, public health, and safety. A recent editorial in the Jamaica Gleaner calls for various government agencies to be held accountable for infringing on citizens’ right to a healthy environment: This newspaper endorses the …