Polystyrene ban

Single Use Polystyrene Ban Policy

The importation of non-biodegradable consumer goods is becoming a mounting burden for the economy, human health and the environment of the Cook Islands.  This burden is evidenced by the growing amount of non-biodegradable waste increasing at waste facilities, in dumps, littering roadsides and streams, being burnt and being washed into the ocean where it threatens oceanic life.  

As part of progressing steps to preventing waste accumulation, Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) as focal point for the Cook Islands Solid Waste Management Committee has drafted a policy proposing to ban the importation of polystyrene takeaway containers. 

Download the Word version of the policy draft and email your review to infrastructure@cookislands.gov.ck or call 20321 to speak to the Director of the WATSAN Division.