Since last year, the goal had been for Cancún to be a “free of plastic” city.
Plastic today has generated a very important pollution in the world. The success of Cancun is its image and its environment so, for its preservation, proposals are being made to attack this problem.
99 percent of all plastics are produced from fossil fuels, which causes excessive pressure on limited non-renewable energy sources.
At present it is difficult to do without plastics, not only for its usefulness but also for the economic importance they have. This is reflected in the growth rates of this industry that, since the beginning of the last century, exceeds almost all industrial activities.
Last year the tourism sector was producing 150 to 400 tons of plastic per day and up to 15 percent could be plastic trash that is reaching the oceans.
The option to replace the use of plastic with some other environmentally friendly product is being viewed positively.
The governors anticipate that in three years, Cancun could be one of the first cities in Mexico free of plastics.
The plan works in conjunction with the Ecology, Tourism, as well as the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) and Siresol in the project named Yaakun Cha ‘. Each one from its competences will, in the first instance, the work of awareness among hotel sector, restaurant, business, commercial and citizenship in general. The whole city must unite to achieve the goal, in at least three years.
The next stage is the implementation and would touch the next mayor’s office to do it, in which they contemplate incentives to businesses, restaurants and hotels that demonstrate that they stopped using straws, plastic bags and disposable containers.
For the third year of the campaign, they must go up to terms of law to make it mandatory to stop using plastics in tourist and commercial areas of the city, in which sanctions are applied to those who do not respect the regulations.