Parts of Yucatan’s New “Ban” on Single Use Plastic Bags & Straws Start Jan. 1, 2020

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.
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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.

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Makes sense?

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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8 Responses to Parts of Yucatan’s New “Ban” on Single Use Plastic Bags & Straws Start Jan. 1, 2020

  1. Dale Aubichon says:

    Thanks for the explanation that’s all reasonable

  2. Mary Ann Wentworth says:

    Ah yes the old dependable “bolsa bag”!

  3. No, don’t buy plastic shopping bags! Where do you think they will end up eventually? In the dump!
    Buy cotton cloth bags. When they are old and worn, they will decompost.

    Editors Scientific Note:
    A cotton bag’s carbon footprint is 598.6 pounds of CO2 … compared to just 3.48 pounds for a standard plastic mesh bag made from high-density polyethylene.

    … Organic cotton bags are even higher, because to equal a plastic mesh bag, the organic cotton must be reused 20,000 times to equal a plastic mesh bag.

  4. Emilie says:

    Good info – except for the bag. It’s plastic! Hopefully a sewing group there will start making cotton bags.

    Editors Scientific Note:
    A cotton bag’s carbon footprint is 598.6 pounds of CO2 … , compared to 3.48 pounds for a standard plastic bag made from high-density polyethylene.

    … Organic cotton bags are even higher, because to equal a plastic mesh bag, organic cotton must be reused 20,000 times to equal a plastic mesh bag.

    • yucalandia says:

      Scientific Note:
      A cotton bag’s carbon footprint is very large … at 598.6 pounds of CO2 … compared to 3.48 pounds for a standard plastic mesh bag made from high-density polyethylene.

      … Organic cotton bags are even higher, because to equal a plastic mesh bag, organic cotton must be reused 20,000 times to equal a plastic mesh bag.

      • Emilie says:

        I had no idea!

      • yucalandia says:

        The part that’s nasty about cotton bags?
        Cotton is the most heavily sprayed (nasty insecticides) and heavily fertilized crop in the USA =>

        Sadly … the seemingly “friendly” cotton bag, hits the trifecta … Massive carbon footprint … heavy pesticide polluter … and heavy fertilizer polluter … 😦

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