Single-use plastics banned in ethical protected areas

San José, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Single-use plastics are banned from today in Protected Wild Areas, which include Costa Rica’s national parks and biological reserves.

In this way, visitors or establishments of those sites will not be able to enter or use straws (absorbents), removers, cutlery and disposable cups, and fast food containers, as well as disposable or non-reusable dishes, bags and plastic bottles, indicates the directive of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae).

The regulation, which is part of the waste management of the National Decarbonization Plan, applies to tourists, researchers and civil servants, and aims to reduce the pollutants that nature receives from this type of material.

The executive director of the National System of Conservation Areas, Rafael Rodríguez, pointed out that after visits by people, the different Protected Wild Areas, National Parks and Biological Reserves have been affected in recent decades by the large amount of single-use plastic left as waste.

After indicating that this generates pollution, Rodríguez said that this affects wildlife, since many animals have been found in marine and coastal areas with plastic in their digestive tracts, which damages health and behavior.

The measure will help improve the health of those areas of the country, he stressed.

The Minae recalls that United Nations data show that 80 percent of the garbage in the oceans is plastic.


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