Updated January 04, 2018 14:19:30
Single-use non-biodegradable plastic, including bags and polystyrene takeaway containers, will be banned in Vanuatu from January 31, as the Government tries to control a growing plastic waste problem.
Other countries around the world had made similar moves, but Vanuatu’s Government said it was going further than even its Pacific neighbours and aimed eventually to become plastic-free.
Around 2,000 people signed a petition last year supporting legislation to ban single use plastic bags in Vanuatu, and the Prime Minister first announced plans for a ban mid last year.
Toney Tevi, the head of Maritime and Ocean Affairs within Vanuatu’s Foreign Ministry, said the ban would be part of a wider ocean policy.
“We all agreed after national consultation that Vanuatu’s ocean has …