Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 3

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Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 3

Guyana has over the years, been implementing laws (Regulations) to tackle the solid waste scourge, including the Litter Regulations 2013 and the Expanded Polystyrene Regulations 2015. The latest in the efforts is the impending ban on single-use plastic products which is expected to come into force in 2021. In our previous articles, we spoke about the ban itself and offered alternatives that you can start to consider as we transition to a life with much less plastic. For many of us, environmental issues only get our attention when they have a direct impact on our health or immediate surroundings, so you might ask yourself, why should I care about a ban on single use plastics?

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Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 2

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Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 2

A life without plastics seems impossible, since plastics are the main component in almost every single everyday item; from our computers and mobile phones, to food containers and other packaging.

Single-use plastics, however, generally have a functional life of less than a week, and are not designed to be repaired or refurbished. Single-use plastics include packaging, bags, bottles, straws, containers, cups, cutlery, and other items. Bioplastics are not exempt from the single-use plastic designation as in general; biodegradation only occurs under specific circumstances e.g. certain temperatures, and the presence of micro-organisms.

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EPA engages Community Forestry Organisations

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EPA engages Community Forestry Organisations in Region 10


Forty two (42) representatives from the Kwakwani, Ituni, Aroaima, Hururu, Great Falls and # 58 Miles Mabura communities benefitted from capacity building workshops under the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) programme. As part of EU FLEGT programme, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) facilitated two workshops in Kwakwani and #58 Miles Mabura, Region 10, respectively, focused on sensitising forest operators on Environmental Authorisation process. The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that all forest operators become authorised in keeping with Section 14 of the Environmental Act. In accordance with Section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act Cap. 20:05, laws of Guyana, before development consent is given, in this case the harvesting and utilisation of forest resources, an Operator must first seek approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This approval is in the form of an Environmental Authorisation which is a legally binding document to guide forest operators on best environmental practices before and during harvesting and utilisation of forest resources.

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Generators authorised for better management

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EPA looking to have the use of Generators authorised for better management

 

The Air Quality and Noise Management Programme (AQNMP) hosted a meeting on June 13, 2018, with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure – Rural Electrification Programme (MOPI -REP) and Guyana Electrical Inspection Department (GEI); the Mayor and City Council (M&CC); Guyana Fire Service (GFS) and the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL). to discuss a unified way forward for the management and authorisation of generators and mitigate the impacts that arise from their usage.

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