The Indian Ocean Island nation of Seychelles is once again demonstrating its commitment to protecting and conserving the environment by being the latest destination to ban the use of single-use plastic straws.
The ban was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in June and will include straws used in cocktails and other drinks. However, the ban will exempt plastic straws attached to juice packets.
A provisional study conducted in 2016 found that plastic waste makes up nearly 30% of all waste of Seychelles’ landfills. Additionally, the Seychelles government reports it is spending hundreds of millions of rupees on solid waste management for de-littering rivers and marshes from all types of waste including plastics.
In September 2016, the Cabinet announced that it will join the likes of Rwanda, Bangladesh and Madagascar in implementing a ban on the use and importation of items such plastic bags, cups, cutlery and Styrofoam packaging in an effort to cut down on waste in the Seychelles, which will now be extended to single use plastic straws.
Nanette Laure, Director General at the Waste Enforcement and Permit Division of the Department of Environment said retailers have been given to January 2019 to use their existing stock of plastic straws.