House: single-use plastics to be phased out
Government will detail its plans to phase out single-use plastics in the next few months.
Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, said it was planned to eliminate their use in about two years.
Mr Roban said: “Our goal is to have the elimination of single use plastics introduced to our environment by 2022.
“Our plan is being finalised now and I look forward to presenting it in the future.”
He added that some businesses had already adopted environmentally-friendly practices such as the use of paper straws.
Mr Roban said he would table amendments to the island’s dog legislation this year to improve policies designed to deal with dangerous dogs.
He said the amendments would include a new ticket and citation process, a new system to report dog bites and the creation of an independent “dangerous dog” tribunal.
Mr Roban told the House of Assembly during the debate on the Ministry’s budget last week that the Department of Planning expected to reduce spending by $28,000, mostly through the introduction of a paperless planning system.
He added that revenue for the department is expected to increase by $111,000 to $1.47 million.
Mr Roban said the increase was due to a surge in applications and the issue of elevator licences related to larger projects such as the new airport and the St Regis Hotel project.
He added: “It’s these large projects that pay substantial application fees.”
Mr Roban said the ministry was also examining ways to streamline the planning process and make it more transparent, such as public planning meetings.
He added the ministry has also spoken to the Ministry of Finance to find ways to reduce the cost of some planning applications, including those for renewable energy or food production.
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