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The Balearic Islands will ban disposable utensils and coffee capsules

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19.01.2018

New law on waste management and the prevention of pollution of the soil, which will come into force in the Balearic Islands January 1, 2020, establishes a number of conservation measures, including a ban on the sale of disposable coffee capsules of complex recycling materials. According to the newspaper ABC, the ban will also be selling disposable utensils, napkins, straws and cotton swabs made with plastic. As for the coffee capsules, it is assumed that to comply with the new regulations two years later in their production must be used only recyclable materials. In addition, the law provides for the possibility of transferring the decision on the collection and recycling of used capsules into the hands of producers and sellers. Preliminary draft, presented in may last year, also included the denial of access to subsidies to municipalities not complying with the established plans for recycling, and the adoption of the decree on the fight against excessive food waste, the exact extent of which is not yet marked. In this context, the municipality of Palma have already adopted a number of proposed measures, including a ban on use of plastic bags.