Costa Rica Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Connector Summer 2018

Costa Rica is taking dramatic action against plastic waste with a plan to ban all single-use plastics by 2021. This includes straws, bottles, cutlery, cups and bags.

The government is offering incentives to businesses, as well as investing in research into alternatives to single-use plastics in order to achieve its goal.

A report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050 plastic in the ocean could weigh more than fish.

Some countries and cities have restricted or prohibited the use of plastic bags, and New Delhi has introduced a ban on disposable plastics. However, Costa Rica wants to be the first country to outlaw all single-use plastics.

The move will add to Costa Rica’s green credentials. During 2015 and 2016, the Central American country powered itself on 100% renewable electricity for more than two thirds of the year. It is also a world leader in wildlife protection and aims to be carbon neutral by 2021.

Source: World Economic Forum