Environment Protection Act, 2016
Environment Protection (Restriction on importation, distribution and sale of Plastic Utensils and Polystyrene Boxes) Regulations, 2017
Statutory Instrument 38 of 2017
- Published in Supplement to Official Gazette on 30 June 2017
- Assented to on 30 June 2017
- Commenced on 1 July 2017
- [This is the version of this document from 30 June 2017.]
1. Citation and commencementThese Regulations may be cited as the Environment Protection (Restriction on importation, distribution and sale of Plastic Utensils and Polystyrene Boxes) Regulations 2017 and shall come into force on 1st July, 2017.
2. InterpretationIn these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—“AS” means Australian Standard;“ASTM” means the American Society for Testing and Materials;“biodegradable boxes” means a takeaway food container that can be biologically broken down naturally by bacteria and other living organisms into natural elements in a normal environment leaving no toxicity in the soil;“biodegradable utensils” means cutleries, food and drink containers that can be biologically broken down naturally by bacteria and other living organisms into natural elements in a normal environment leaving no toxicity in the soil;“certificate of conformity” means a document, tag, label, or nameplate, provided on delivery to the buyer that attests the product compliance with standard;“EN” means the European Standard;“Ministry” means the Ministry responsible for Environment;“plastic” means material which contains as an essential ingredient a high polymer such as polyethylene terephthalate, high density polyethylene, Vinyl, low density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene resins, multi-materials like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyphenylene oxide, polycarbonate, Polybutylene terephthalate;“Seychelles Bureau of Standards” means the Bureau established under section 3 of the Seychelles Bureau of Standard Act, 2014;“standards” means the applicable standards specified in the Schedule;“plastic utensil” includes fork, spoon, knives, plates, bowls, cups and trays made of plastic;“Polystyrene” means a polymer made from the styrene monomer;“Polystyrene boxes” includes takeaway box used for containing food;“validation” means confirmation through the provision of objective evidence, that the specified requirements has been fulfilled.
3. Clearance of existing stockThe manufacturing, importation, distribution and sale of plastic utensils and Polystyrene boxes for use within the Republic of Seychelles is hereby prohibited.
4. Issue of permits
5. OffencesAny person who contravenes these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding SCR20,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
6. Import in breach of regulationWhere a consignment of plastic utensil or polystyrene box has been imported in breach of these regulations, the consignment shall be dealt with in accordance with Section 246 (1)(b) or 247(1) of the Customs Management Act 2011.
History of this document
01 July 2017
30 June 2017 this version