Wescot-Williams: Plastic bags ban a small but important step

MP Sarah Wescot-Williams meeting with Nature Foundation's manager Tadzio Bervoets.


PHILIPSBURG – As part of her first stakeholders’ consultation, Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams met with Nature Foundation’s manager Tadzio Bervoets to discuss her proposal to ban the use of plastic bags.

As the MP already made clear, there is a draft initiative law in Parliament, dating back to 2014, seeking to address the same matter, however, in a more indirect way.

“My proposal is to amend the General Police Ordinance and prohibit the use of plastic bags. This, of course, will require the input and cooperation of stakeholders, not only environmental organizations, but also suppliers, supermarkets, etc., she said.

Coincidentally, in one of its recent reports regarding the dump, the Nature Foundation recommends banning plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. The approach by Wescot-Williams is modeled after the one taken by Aruba, which is already in force.

The next step is to broaden the circle of stakeholders and decide together on the next steps.