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Guyana to ban imports using Styrofoam, other items


GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The government of Guyana says it plans to ban imports that are packaged with Styrofoam other non-biodegradable materials to reduce an environmental and solid waste disposal problem across the South American country.

The administration of President Donald Ramotar says it is preparing legislation that also would restrict the use of certain plastics and aluminum containers, as well as increase littering fines and encourage recycling.

Members of the opposition-controlled Parliament have said they would support the legislation.

The government issued a statement late Thursday saying it also seeks to design and build landfills that have received approval from the local Environmental Protection Agency.


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