Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, May 15), the Italian island of Capri will be issuing fines of up to €500 (~$560 USD via xe.com) to anyone caught violating a new ban on single-use plastics. As written in The Independent, “Cutlery, plates, cups and anything else made of plastic that is not recyclable or biodegradable will be banned from 15 May, just as the summer season kicks off. The rules apply to the whole island, with a particular focus on its beaches and coastline. Shopkeepers, who will no longer be able to sell anything made from single-use plastic, have been given 90 days to get rid of their existing stock.”
The ban follows a similar initiative already in effect on the Italian island of Isole Tremiti. And per The Independent, “Nearby destinations will follow Capri’s lead, with plans to pass laws banning single-use plastics on the island of Procida and in the city of Naples.” (Said the mayor of Capri: “We are seeking to imitate each other to have a much bigger impact.”)
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