海地總理拉蒙特（Laurent Lamothe）透過邁阿密先鋒報表示，「這是一個合理、合乎邏輯的決定。進口及製造可生物分解（biodegradable ）的物品，將有利於海地的短期、中期和長期的環境利益。」
海地環保人士對政府的此表示贊同，但他們也擔心政府無法確實執行禁令。 以改善生活環境為宗旨的非營利性組織「海地社區」（Haiti Communitere）成員Sam Bloch表示，萬一禁令推展不順，希望政府能有後續因應計畫。
這種塑料塊是由美國德州的Harvey Lacey所發明 。「海地社區」於2011年10月通過該計畫，目前透過兩名自加拿大的志工Tim Overton與Roxanne Duigou來執行。
「海地社區」今年藉由鄰近社區Cite Soleil 20名婦女的協助，建造了一間防颶風及防震的Ubuntublox房屋。該屋的原料，即是從附近運河中清理回收的塑膠袋與數以千計的保麗龍容器。
Haiti’s government has banned the import, manufacture and marketing of black plastic polyethylene bags and polystyrene foam containers as of October 1.
“This is a logical decision and makes sense,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told the “Miami Herald.” “Importing, manufacturing biodegradable items will benefit Haiti’s short, mid- and long-term environmental interest.”
The Haitian plastic ban was first announced in August in a presidential decree issued by President Michel Martelly in an effort to clear the streets and canals of Port-au-Prince of plastic waste.
After public protests based on the misconception that the plastic bags used for drinking water were being banned, people learned from the government’s TV ads that drinking water bags are exempt and the protests died down.
The polystyrene cups, plates and trays, imported from the neighboring Dominican Republic, may be harder to eradicate.
Haitian environmentalists applaud the government’s decision, but they fear Haiti will not be able to enforce the ban.
“I would like to see them have a contingency plan if it doesn’t [work out],” said Sam Bloch of Haiti Communitere, a nonprofit group in Port-au-Prince that works among Haitians to improve environmental conditions.
One Haiti Communitere project, recycled plastic block houses built of Ubuntublox, could solve two problems at once – cleanse the streets of plastics and also rebuild the earthquake-prone city with quake-resistant homes.
Ubuntublox were invented by Harvey Lacey of Texas. The project was adopted by Haiti Communitere in October 2011 and is now being run by Tim Overton and Roxanne Duigou, two volunteers from Canada.
The Ubuntublox team organizes street clean-ups and rubbish collection points to take Styrofoam food containers and film plastic out of the canals and drains around Port-au-Prince to repurpose as building materials.
The plastic materials are packed into rice bags and compressed into uniformly sized building blocks with a manual compression machine. The lightweight, flexible nature of the Ubuntublox makes them far more earthquake resistant than typical brick or concrete blocks. A model Ubuntublox home was recently tested for seismic resistance, and passed a simulated 8.2 earthquake with minimal damage.
Haiti Communitere constructioned a hurricane and earthquake-resistant Ubuntublox house this year with the assistance of 20 women from the Cite Soleil neighborhood. The recycled plastic bags and thousands of foam containers used to build the house were reclaimed from neighborhood canals.
Bloch said the goal is to build more Ubuntublox homes for Haiti. In June, Haiti Communitere announced it is building a factory to make Ubuntublox out of waste plastic bags and styrofoam containers.
Prime Minister Lamothe says the plastic ban is intended to protect Haiti’s coastlines, shores and remaining mangroves. He wants the ban to help clear the country’s heaps of garbage. He told the Herald that toxic material clogs “95 percent of our sewage system, creating mass floods in poor neighborhoods … that is costing the state more than $50 million a year if we had the means to clean up.”