Jamaica News, Montego Bay: While some welcome the idea of plastic ban, the controversy of paper bags being unable to contain goods customers are purchasing continues to be pain in the lives of many Jamaicans.
“The plastic bags are stronger than the paper bags. It would be best if they prosecute the citizens who don’t dispose of them properly… these new generations of people aren’t used to paper bags, the paper bags are not strong as the plastic bag or what is called ‘Lawda Bag’…I am not opposing the ban, it is good and bad in some ways, business places loose profits from the sale of Black plastic bags,” Janeela Lazarus said after experiencing goods she bought at a Patty place on St.James street falling to the ground after the paper bags got wet and could no longer manage the weight of the items.
Roy Jackson another frequent user of plastic bags said, “The government does not make any preparation or any alternative measures in place before they just get up and say plastic bags will ban. Paper bags cant carry loads and wet things! I don’t say am against the banning, but put something in place so the people can get use to it”.
While the government proceeds in the process of banning plastic bags for a healthier and safer environment, citizens are failing to adjust as efficiently and are disappointed with the results it has been having on the country thus far.
By Alan Lewin – Community Journalist