Press ReleasesOn July 1, 2017, the Republic of Seychelles put into effect two Statutory Instruments (S.I.) to prohibit the use of polystyrene boxes, plastic bags and utensils, replacing them with biodegradable forms of these products.
Originally published in June 2017, the two S.I. are:
- S.I. 37 of 2017 - Environment Protection (Restriction on manufacturing, importation, distribution and sale of plastic bags) Regulations 2017
- S.I. 38 of 2017 – Environment Protection (Restriction on importation, distribution and sale of plastic utensils and polystyrene boxes) Regulations 2017
These S.I. amend the Seychellean Environment Protection Act of 2016 and repeal S.I. 39 of 2008 ‘The Environment Protection (Restriction on Plastic Bags) Regulations 2008’. They also prescribe the international standards that the biodegradable products must comply with and direct the Bureau of Standards to validate Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) accompanying these goods. Stakeholders should be aware that S.I. 37 of 2017 on plastic bags does contain a specific list of exempted products.
The prescribed standards for biodegradable bags, plastic utensils and polystyrene boxes are:
- AS 4736-2006 ‘Biodegradable plastics – biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment’
- ASTM D6400 ‘Standard specification for labeling of plastics designed to be aerobically composted in municipal or industrial facilities’
- EN 13432 ‘Packaging – Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation – Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging’
- ISO 14855 ‘Determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability and disintegration of plastic materials under controlled composting conditions – Method by analysis of evolved carbon dioxide’
Stakeholders are advised to now check their products comply with the latest requirements for biodegradable products for the Seychelles.
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