In the framework of the Green Latin Awards, the provincial Assemblywoman of Guayas, Dallyana Passailaigue, presented on Tuesday, August 14, an ordinance project to regulate the use, commercialization and distribution of single-use plastic products.
The board of directors was integrated by the mayor of Guayaquil, Jaime Nebot; Nuno Quiroz, representative program of the United Nations for Development; Gustavo Manrique, president of Premios Latinoamerica Verde and José Guarderas, director of Sambito, among other authorities. Passailaigue explained that it is not a battle against the plastic industry. It does not intend to harm it but to regulate it.
Limit few of their products (straws) and suppress production such as foamflex. “The regulation did not include plastic bottles, he said that it establishes deadlines, mechanisms and incentives to replace the machinery, there will be a period of awareness, it will be financed by private companies and the Municipality, he recalled that in the world, 8 million tons of disposable plastic end up in the ocean each year, equivalent to a garbage truck for every minute, and he also said that 80% of the waste comes from the cities.
“We are not consuming single-use plastics but plastics are consuming us, “said the legislator, Manrique said that cities demand 75% of resources, and on August 1 fulfilled their bio capacity. He also said that they seek to create citizens with a sustainable mentality, while emphasizing the need to have rituals if someone closed the keys when he brushed his teeth.
He also affirmed that the proposal would solve 30% of the global problem and that as a society “we need to reduce consumption and repair more, be happier with less”. “There are many options for change, it is a moral obligation. (…) Being an environmental passive kills the dreams and dreams of future generations,” said Manrique, while saying that “we need to have a sustainable future, developments and circular economy”.
Trinidad and Tobago participated for the first time. Of the 31 finalists only 29 reached to arrive. In addition, 900 people registered in the green dialogue. For his part, Nebot said in his speech that a sustainable city is one in which its inhabitants and authorities are anchored in equilibrium, which allows the planet to be defended.
He said that Guayaquil has 9 square meters of green areas per inhabitant. 18 years ago it was half a meter. “We defend the environment, a hard hand for those who pollute the salty estuary,” he said.
The Mayor said that “we are going to welcome the Assemblywoman’s project and that it has been worked with Sambito (…) I am going to make it very clear, do not worry or be careless, it’s not about choosing between the planet and the plastic industry, but to give alternatives, terms, stimuli and continue conversations with the private company, which is investment and innovation. Plastic is not the problem but the concept of not recycling. The mentality must be changed “.
Finally, Nebot said that “we are going to reform an ordinance to put the deadline to urbanizations, businesses and municipal activities to have the percentage of free charging points for electric vehicles, technical work is done with respect to diesel.” “We are going to have the first electric public bus line,” he said. (I)