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How Guatemala Is Kicking Plastic Out Of Its Towns


The United States has taken steps towards eliminating single-use plastics, with straw bans sweeping companies nationwide. But in Guatemala, that’s all old news. Multiple towns in the Central American country have now cut single-use plastics entirely, with still more on the way.

According to OZY, the municipality of San Miguel Petapa is one of the latest to ditch plastics. Mayor Luis Reyes announced the ban in June, though it didn’t take effect until August, after a lengthy information campaign to educate the public. Now, anyone caught selling items in plastic packaging will face a fine of $150-$650, which is an enormous fee for most of the working-class residents.