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Haiti - Environment: Entry into force of the ban on polyethylene and polystyrene
02/08/2013 10:29:17

Haiti - Environment: Entry into force of the ban on polyethylene and polystyrene
The Ministry of Environment informs that the order adopted on 10 July 2013, banning the production, import, marketing and use, in any format whatsoever, of polyethylene bags, inputs and objects in expanded polystyrene (EPS or PS crystal or styrofoam) for food use such as plates, cups, bottles, bags, cups and plates disposable, came into force on 1 August 2013.

As of this date, any shipment of packages containing such items will be confiscated by the customs authorities and the owners punished in accordance with the Customs Code.

However, the Ministry clarifies that the bottles, transparent bags serving of containers for beverages, drugs and food, white or clear bags for garbage collection, small bags used only for seed, production and conservation of seedlings are exempt from this order and will be subject to other regulations.

Meanwhile, the Ministry indicates that the necessary steps will be taken by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, to facilitate the importation of inputs, containers and paper products or cardboard 100% biodegradable as well as sachets and bags made ​​from fiber, of sisal or of "pite".

The Ministry of Environment appealed to the understanding of all, to avoid the obligation to apply in all its rigor the planned regulation.

"This order, which replaces that of August 9, 2012, reflects the desire of the authorities to take all measures to ensure a healthy environment to the population for a better living environment as well as promoting a culture of recycling and use of biodegradable products that protect the environment," stresses the Ministry of Environment.

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