"Solid waste is a threat to the development of societies, such as single-use plastics, which we use for a few minutes and then remain in the environment for hundreds of years," said Fernando Mora, vice minister of Waters and Seas of the country.
The Vice Minister of Health, María Esther Anchía, also issued her opinion: "The lack of adequate waste disposal has endangered our aquatic resources"
As the first National Strategy, Costa Rica intends to eliminate single-use plastics such as glasses, bags, cutlery, light bulbs, tableware, etc. and replace them with biodegradable and compostable products. The actions will compromise public institutions, municipalities and businesses and it is expected that by 2021 80% will have already replaced disposable materials with degradable ones.
One of the first actions of the plan of both ministries, with the support of UNDP, is to encourage the use of renewable and compostable products and to reward the institutions that join the plan.
Research and development of alternative materials will also be encouraged.
In the educational field, the website: www.zonalibredeplastico.org will provide information on the strategy and lines of action of the plan. On the web you will also find databases of renewable and compostable products and those who market them.
At the international level, Costa Rica joins the commitment on plastics and marine debris together with Chile, Peru and Indonesia.
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