Environment: St Maarten Parliament votes to ban plastic bags and straws


On November 3, the Parliament of Sint Maarten voted unanimously on the draft ordinance relating to the ban on single-use plastic bags and straws as well as polystyrene on its territory.

The ordinance seeks to amend the General Police Law by introducing a fine of NAF 1 ($ 000) and a six-month jail term for failure to comply with this obligation.

The bill has yet to be validated by the Council of Ministers. The law must also be validated by the governor of Sint Maarten before it can come into force. The date of application has not yet been revealed, however.

This law was initiated by Sarah Wescot-Williams, who presented a first draft in August 2018. Last month, the government of Sint Maarten contacted Pascale Laborde, the territorial advisor in charge of the environment, for more details. as to French law and adapt its text accordingly, the objective being to harmonize regulatory measures on both sides of the island. In France, including in Saint-Martin, plastic bags are already banned. At the start of 2021, cotton swabs, cutlery, plates and plastic straws will also be included.

As a reminder, the COM and the government of Sint Maarten are currently carrying out a joint awareness-raising and information campaign on environmental protection.



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