The government has approved a menu of measures to restrict the importation and use of Styrofoam products, a mandate that will be carried out by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.
Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr Roger Luncheon at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the President on Thursday, said that Styrofoam has played an inordinately important role in the accumulation of solid waste in Guyana.
Among the measures to be implemented are the imposition of taxes and duties to make the importation and use of Styrofoam unattractive, for the food industry in particular. On the other hand, importers and users of alternatives to Styrofoam will be offered certain incentives.
The Natural Resources Ministry will be elaborating on these measures, as well as developing other implementable ones in this regard.
Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, is a non-biodegradable, synthetic material. Its single-use products are dominant in the food industry. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Styrofoam products are one of the largest creators of hazardous waste.