Eight Caribbean countries ban single-use plastic and polystyrene

Eight Caribbean countries ban single-use plastic and polystyrene

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The ban began on January 1 and affects highly polluting products such as plastic and polystyrene that take between 400 and 500 years to degrade, or even disappear.

Jamaica, Belize, Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago banned the import of single-use plastic and polystyrene boxes, materials derived from petroleum refining.

The ban began on January 1 and affects highly polluting products that have been eliminated for some 400 centuries. These materials have become a real threat that is even greater in mass tourism and vacation spots.

The Caribbean region runs from the Florida peninsula to the mouth of the Orinoco River, and includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast of Central America. A vast region of breathtaking beauty and diversity rich in natural resources at the same time.

The effects of climate change are affecting this region of the world in a special way through the increase in the strength and intensity of hurricanes and the rise in sea levels. In addition, there is a growing directed pollution produced by humans in which the star role is played by plastic, which, for example, in Jamaica already represents 50% of the garbage produced.

The decision of this group of countries and islands with a long coastline, which share the Caribbean Sea as a wealth and common natural border, follows that taken in 2012 by Haiti, in 2016 by Antigua and Barbudas and last year by Aruba, Colombia, Guyana. , Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadnas, Turks and Caicos Islands.

This positive news will certainly help the countries that have made the decision. However, it is important to underline that to truly combat pollution and its serious effects, other countries in the region - such as the US, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama - must take similar steps forward. .

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