Costa Rica, trying to ban single-use plastic by 2021
Single-use plastics are those which are only used once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are the things like plastic bottles, straw, plastic bags, coffee stirrer and most food packaging.
Plastic generates a lot of CO2 in its production and it takes several hundred years to decompose in nature.
In Costa Rica, 4,000 tones of solid waste are produced everyday and of that 11% is untreated plastic waste that pollutes rivers, beaches and the soil.
In June of 2017, Costa Rica announced its intention to completely eradicate single-use plastic by 2021. They will have to be replaced by alternatives that are 100% recyclable or biodegradable and not petroleum-based.