Ban on polystyrene to start next month

The ban on the use of styrofoam and its related products in Fiji comes into effect in August. Picture: FT FILE

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the ban on polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam, will begin from August 1 this year.

“Just to be clear, this entails a complete ban on the import, export and use of polystyrene and also raw material used to make polystyrene products,” he said while delivering the 2021/2022 National Budget in Parliament last Friday.

“The Fijian Government took a well-planned and phased approach by banning imports and exports of polystyrene from 1st January, 2021. In doing so, we gave a seven-month transitionary grace period for local manufacturers and retailers to adapt their businesses to operations without polystyrene.

“The Environment Management Act 2005 has been updated in this regard to now include the Environment Management (Polystyrene Products Exemption) Regulations 2021.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the polystyrene ban would help curb the pollution in waterways, oceans and environment across the country.

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