Mexico City Enacts New Ban on Single-use Plastics and Straws in 2021

Mexico City has also joined China by placing a ban on single-use straws, containers, cutlery, cups, and stirrers.…
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Mexico City has also joined China by placing a ban on single-use straws, containers, cutlery, cups, and stirrers. Late last year, China banned single-use plastic bags and straws.

The environmental secretary of Mexico City said that the capital will now be a place where single-use plastics are prohibited. Therefore, he urged citizens to always think of reusable containers and never leave the home without them just the same way they do with their cell phones.

In 2019, lawmakers in the city passed the single-use plastics ban. Mexico City’s environmental agency revealed that the city was producing 13,000 tons of garbage per day. Single-use plastics are disposable resources meant to be used and thrown away.

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Since the ban on single-use plastics became effective, business owners have been preparing for the ban on other disposable items. Single-use plastics take time to decompose and as such, can contaminate the water and soil in the process.

Irrespective of coronavirus guidelines, tortillas at street stalls can now be wrapped in the paper that a buyer brought with them.

Mexico City has a population of about 9 million people and single-use plastics have had negative impacts on the environment. Mexico City isn’t the only place to place a ban on single-use plastics and straws as China has also done this.

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