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Mexico City is banning single-use plastics

Mexico City is going to war on plastic waste. A decade after its authorities started charging shoppers for carrier bags, it has passed a ban on a number of single-use plastic items.
Plastic bags will disappear from shops in the city by next year. And from 2021, single-use items including cutlery, straws, cups and balloons will be against the law.
The government says it is phasing in the new legislation to give businesses, including Mexico City’s many street food vendors, time to find alternatives to plastic wrappings.
With a population of almost 9 million people, Mexico City is second only to New York when it comes to producing waste.
Its decision to crack down on single-use plastics follows action by 27 other countries that have already implemented bans or restrictions.
Waste-powered subway trains
Mexico City generates an estimated 13,000 tonnes of waste every day and recycling has only recently become mandatory.
Mexico wants less plastic to end up in garbage dumps
Image: Reuters/Henry Romero
“We need a cultural change, with education campaigns to change our consumption habits,” says Gabriela Evia of Mexico Without Plastic Alliance.
Environmental groups now want Mexico’s federal government to replicate the single-use plastic ban nationwide.

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