EC$5,000 penalty imposed in SVG for plastic bag, containers usage

By Demion McTair. Updated 5:10 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Vincentians can face a hefty fine of EC$5,000 for selling or distributing disposable plastic bags and containers, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says.

It is illegal for a food business place, including supermarkets, to sell or provide food, either on or off the food premises in a disposable plastic food service container, the Health Ministry says.

A person shall not distribute, sell or use disposable plastic shopping bags after August 1, 2020, the ministry says in an announcement. 

Any person who fails to comply with the newly implemented measures “would have committed an offence and liable on summary conviction of a fine of $5000.00 and to a further fine of $500.00 each day during which the offence continues,” the ministry says.

The ministry says Environmental Health Officers will be visiting food businesses to ensure compliance.

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