Single use plastic is to be banned throughout the Canaries from the start of next year. The announcement was made by José Antonio Valbuena, Canarian Minister for Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning, who said that the administration aims to promote a drastic reduction in plastic waste which will shortly be integrated into forthcoming Canarian legislation.
Valbuena said that the strategy was intended not only to reduce consumption of such items, but also to promote separate collection and reuse of plastic waste, to improve recycling and energy recovery so as to minimise plastic waste dumping in a progressive way. The measures have been considered for some time and have now been updated to align with EU guidelines and domestic priorities of the new Government, Valbuena explained.
The initiative enjoys EU Regional Development funding, and will contribute to the secure establishment of a responsive, innovative and sustainable plastics industry whose design and production fully respect the needs of reduction, reuse and recycling, the Minister said, concluding that it is how “we will reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels”.