The Council of Rosario banned the use of plastic wrap for fruits and vegetables.
Thus, Rosario became the first city in Argentina to establish this type of regulation to reduce this unnecessary use of polluting materials and their impact on the environment.
"The foods to which we refer have an ecological, biodegradable, sustainable, and edible container, which is their shell," said Luz Olazagoitia, the author of this ecological initiative and councilor for the municipality in question.
The specific rule prohibits the city's shops and supermarkets from using plastic wrap (films and plastic trays) in all fruits, vegetables, and leafy vegetables that have skins that act as natural protection.
In addition, the ordinance also provides sanctions for non-compliance with the norm, which, as indicated, will be carried out by the Secretariat for Citizen Control and Coexistence, through the General Directorate of Inspection of Commerce and Industry and the Secretary of Government via the General Directorate of the Court of Misdemeanors. These bodies, in their respective order, will be in charge of the inspection, trial, and application of sanctions when needed.
"90% of the waste in the Parana River is plastic. In addition, there is an alarming presence of microplastics and mesoplastics in the area that includes our city," said Olazagoitia.
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In the month of April, the environmental reference Fernando Santacruz presented a draft ordinance for the Progressive Reduction of Superfluous Containers, with the aim of raising awareness and educating the local society in the progressive reduction of the use of superfluous and/or expendable containers, packages, and packaging in final consumer products.