On January 14, 2020, Regulations aimed at phasing out single-use plastics in Belize were signed into law by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration.
The decision to implement these measures to reduce plastic use and consumption was required in order to mitigate the harmful effects of pollution on the environment. It is important to note that these regulations underwent extensive consultation with stakeholders from both the public and private sector, and were tailored appropriately in the form of a necessary transitional process as seen below:
- Prohibit the importation of products listed in Schedule II three (3) months after the enactment date of this legislation;
- Prohibit the manufacture of products listed in Schedule II six (6) months after the enactment date of this legislation;
- Prohibit the sale of products listed in Schedule II nine (9) months after the enactment date of this legislation; and
- Prohibit the possession of products listed in Schedule II twelve (12) months after the enactment date of this legislation.
During consultations held with industry stakeholders, opportunities in the form of biodegradable plastic solutions were explored with the hope of implementing a more environmentally suitable alternative for the industry.
For additional information on biodegradable investment opportunities, kindly contact the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +501-822-3737.