The Ministry of the Environment and Housing hosted a Town Meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Foster B. Pestaina Centre, where a cross-section of residents turned up to hear about the proposed ban on plastics. The meeting, opened by Minister Romauld Ferreira, revealed that with the Earth covered by 70 percent water, it is most important to protect it. Every piece of styrofoam and plastic created is still in existence, and it has been estimated that by 2030, there will be more pieces of plastic in the ocean than fish. Humanity, he said, now has to move in the direction of preventing more plastics from entering the ocean. As has been successfully done in other countries, said the Minister, the government would like to ban single-use styrofoam and plastics by 2020. He urged residents to be a part of this movement to save the environment.
Following the Minister’s remarks, there was a brief presentation explaining that legislation is currently being drafted for the ban and the Ministry is currently conferring with relevant stakeholders and getting their feedback through such meetings. A presentation was also made to the second place winner of the logo competition, high schooler Alonzo McKenzie of Eight Mile Rock High School. Businesses in Grand Bahama have been invited to meet with Ministry staff at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce on Friday to further discuss the proposed plastics ban.