Bill in Congress targets foam cups and plates
Santo Domingo.- Foam cups and plates, especially those with contaminants that pose a threat to health will be controlled or gradually removed from the market, once Congress approves the bill for the Solid Waste Management Law.
This legislation stipulates “extended responsibility of plastics makers,” so that anyone who manufactures such a container has to create a way to return it, stressing an economic value to avert their released to the environment.
“Studies in many countries show that plastics used as food containers cause health hazards, then they must be replaced. The proper follow-up hasn’t been done here there’s little regulation and alternatives have to be created for the economy’s functioning,” said Environment Ministry public policy coordinator Domingo Contreras.
He said the government seeks to jump start the country’s fledgling recycling industry, by collecting plastics and converting it into raw materials for housing and other uses.
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