Jan. 1, 2020
The State of Yucatan begins the first stage (of 3 stages) of it’s gradual ban on single-use plastic bags & straws …. So … People often imagine that the “Yucatan BANS Plastic Bags Starting Jan.1, 2020” is the headline … but it’s not quite that simple.
When we read the Yucatan State’s published regs on this, the single-use plastic bag ban is a staggered implementation, rolling out in 3 gradual stages, staggered over the next 18 months.
The first stage applies to commercial establishments that are in the vicinity of cenotes, natural protected areas and ecological reserves. … These commercial establishments have six months to be in compliance (on both single use bags & straws).
The second stage requires supermarkets, self-service and convenience stores, pharmacies, markets, restaurants and the like must end their use within 12 months. (basically using up existing stocks and buying only limited new stocks of bags from existing stocks at distributors – until those distributor’s stocks are depleted).
The third stage requires the wholesale and retail sellers of single-use plastic bags & straws … to stop selling them within 18 months.
Finally … the state’s municipalities have six months to adapt their environmental regulations to reflect the new State law. As such, Yucatan’s municipios must initiate municipal programs for the substitutions and a gradual elimination of single-use plastic bags, polystyrene containers (unicel) and plastic straws.
Join in … by buying our fine robust plastic mesh bags … ~ Now ~
Even the really big ones cost only $60 pesos down at the plastics stores down by our Lucas de Galvez Mercado (the “Old Market”) down at Calle 54 & Calle 65.
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© Steven M. Fry
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