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Dominican Environment Minister wants to ban Styrofoam

Everyone is familiar with the food trays made of Styrofoam. Every day hundreds of thousands of Styrofoam trays are being used in the Dominican Republic. Also at the beach of Sosúa fried fish or pork chops with rice and salad are sold in these trays. Especially, at weekends and during Semana Santa (Easter Week) thousands of Styrofoam trays are disposed.

After use, they disappear into the bins and if all goes well, they end up at the garbage dumps. Here this plastic waste is usually incinerated, which is not harmless. From incineration of the Styrofoam or polystyrene, very dangerous toxins escape. But the Styrofoam trays are also carelessly thrown away and end up floating in the environment. Styrofoam or polystyrene is non-degradable, but it crumbles. It ends up in the stomachs of fish and animals and eventually in humans. The Environment Minister wants to prohibit the use of Styrofoam food trays for the above mentioned reasons. A bill for this is in preparation.

Source: Sosua News

July 11, 2016

Category: DR News |

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