The Costa Rican government has recently signed a “Plastic Ban Order”

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The Costa Rican government has recently signed a “Plastic Ban Order”. which prohibits businesses from selling and distributing plastic bags for free.and completely bans plastic straws. It will officially implemented one year later.

The content of the bill mainly includes: requiring supermarkets and other commercial institutions to provide handbags with a recycled plastic content of not less than 50% or biodegradable plastics; requiring disposable plastic bottle importers, manufacturers and distributors to produce or sell bags containing a certain proportion of recycled resin Plastic bottles, establish a waste recycling mechanism; prohibit all national institutions in Costa Rica from purchasing single-use plastic products such as tableware and food containers.

The Costa Rican government actively promotes interdepartmental cooperation and carries out incentive activities to increase the enthusiasm of the public to actively participate in plastic pollution control. For example, the Ministry of Health and some enterprises jointly launched the “Eco-Coin” program to encourage people to sort and recycle waste. People can open a personal “eco-coin” electronic account, and after sorting out recyclables and sending them to designated recycling points, they can get a virtual currency – “eco-coin”. When purchasing products from companies participating in the plan, people can use “eco-coins” to deduct or obtain corresponding discounts. At present, this activity has supported by some other countries in Latin America, and Panama, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and other countries have also joined the plan.

Costa Rica has also strengthened cooperation with neighboring countries and international organizations to tackle plastic pollution. Aiming at the problem of marine litter pollution, Costa Rica and seven neighboring countries jointly formulated an action plan and took corresponding actions through intergovernmental cooperation. Last year, the Costa Rican government and the United Nations Development Program jointly launched the “Plastic-Free Landscape Plan”, striving to remove 200,000 tons of non-recyclable plastics that have not properly disposed of and turn them into building materials. The plan will set up recycling devices in the four most plastic-polluted rivers in Costa Rica to speed up the collection of plastic waste.

The Costa Rican government actively promotes interdepartmental cooperation and carries out incentive activities to increase the enthusiasm of the public to actively participate in plastic pollution control. For example, the Ministry of Health and some enterprises jointly launched the “Eco-Coin” program to encourage people to sort and recycle waste. People can open a personal “eco-coin” electronic account, and after sorting out recyclables and sending them to designated recycling points, they can get a virtual currency – “eco-coin”. When purchasing products from companies participating in the plan, people can use “eco-coins” to deduct or obtain corresponding discounts. At present, this activity has supported by some other countries in Latin America, and Panama, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and other countries have also joined the plan.

Costa Rica has also strengthened cooperation with neighboring countries and international organizations to tackle plastic pollution. Aiming at the problem of marine litter pollution, Costa Rica and seven neighboring countries, jointly formulated an action plan and took corresponding actions, through intergovernmental cooperation. Last year, the Costa Rican government and the United Nations Development Program jointly launched the “Plastic-Free Landscape Plan”, striving to remove 200,000 tons of non-recyclable plastics that have not properly disposed of and turn them into building materials. The plan will set up recycling devices, in the four most plastic-polluted rivers in Costa Rica to speed up the collection of plastic waste.

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