Balearic Islands — Reducing waste across a destination
The Balearic Islands are on a mission to reduce waste by educating consumers and suppliers while putting in place laws and guidelines. This multi-faceted approach assures that everyone plays a part. Some of the initiatives include a ban on plastic bag use by 2021, raising awareness around producer responsibility for waste items like wet wipes and cigarette filters, and installing public water supplies while banning the sale of single-use drink packaging within public institutions.
Targets have been set to keep the islands on track. By 2030 the government hopes that food waste will reduce by 50% (on 2020 figures), that 75% of packaging will be recyclable, and that all drink containers will be reusable. Guidelines also specify that plastic rings on beverages must be bio-degradable, single-use products such as food trays are prohibited unless compostable, the sale of cosmetics and toothpaste containing microplastics or nanoplastics are prohibited, and hotels and restaurants must offer consumers complimentary, non-packaged water.
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