On May 21, Metropolitan Councilor Patricio Ubidia presented to the Environment Commission an ordinance project that seeks to reduce the consumption of plastic materials in Quito.
The proposal prohibits the use of plastic bags and straws inside commercial premises. The goal is for citizens to return to old customs, such as shopping with baskets or yarn covers.
“The use of plastic sleeves like straws is around 10 to 15 minutes and it takes at least 100 years to degrade,” says Ubidia.
The project also seeks to regulate the use of plastic bottles. The proposal is to use glass. Also, the use of crockery or plastic utensils in commercial premises would be prohibited. Ubidia says that if people continue to use plastic indiscriminately, by 2050 the oceans will be 30% to 40% full of this material.
In addition, he is aware that there will be a major controversy at the industry level, but he believes that the main postulate of any company is not only to generate capital, but also to have environmentally friendly practices. The councilman wants Quito to be a pioneer city in the region that, based on public policies, protects the environment. (I)