Costa Rica is planning to ban all single use plastics by 2021
Working towards a total ban of single use plastics by 2021 – Costa Rica’s Proposals for 2019
… more emphasis, of initiatives concerning the use and disposing of plastic. Towards the end of 2018, discussions were held in the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly on the topic of the prohibition of the commercialization of plastic bags and straws.
In this regard, Project 20,985 … purpose is to give impetus to education on integral waste management, the impact of plastic on the environment, and the importance of the protection of marine ecosystems.
Also, marketers and distributors of plastic bottles and containers have to recycle at least 50% of the plastic that they market and distribute in the country. Therefore, plastic lids, coffee stirrers, and disposable cutlery are all prohibited.
Some time ago, “National Geographic” reported that Costa Rica has been making a firm advance against plastic pollution, by taking into account that by 2021 authorities expect all single-use plastics to be banned.
All the initiatives have a direct relationship with both the public and private sectors, to advance effectively. . . Costa Rica produces 564 tons of plastic waste per day and that only 14 tons of this waste material that are generated daily is recycled.
Government ministers state that law on this issue of plastic, in particular, has to go hand in hand with the implementation of the “National Strategy for the Replacement of Single-use Plastics by Renewable and Compostable Alternatives”, requiring a complete legal framework. . .
By TCRN Staff, Costa Rica News
January 17, 2019
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