The text contains a total of 35 articles and prohibits the use of 14 plastics, some of them among the most used in the daily life of the population, but among the most polluting.
Plastic bags in stores, bags to pack newspapers or bills, cotton balls, straws, packages and containers to transport food, as well as plastic plates and cutlery will gradually disappear from Colombia.
Excepted from these restrictions are single-use plastics used for medical purposes, the packaging of chemical products that present a risk and the conservation of food, liquids and beverages of animal origin.
If the provision is not complied with, the bill contemplates fines, seizures and temporary closures, while the money from these sanctions will be used for environmental cleanup and recovery programs.
After the approval of this bill, the Government will have to draw up a Labor Adaptation Plan and productive reconversion in workers and companies involved in the plastics industry.
Each Colombian consumes the equivalent of 24 kilos of plastic annually and 93 percent of single-use plastics are not recycled, according to data from the Attorney General’s Office mentioned this Wednesday in the Senate debate.
Portafolio “EFE” (junio 01 De 2022 – 06:59 P. M). https://www.portafolio.co/economia/gobierno/congreso-aprueba-eliminacion-de-plasticos-de-un-solo-uso-en-colombia-566289