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Swiss city of Geneva set to ban single-use plastics

Swiss city of Geneva set to ban single-use plastics

Geneva’s authorities are doubling their efforts to keep the ecological balance and prevent the excessive burden onto the environment. As The Local Switzerland understood, the city planned to ban of single-use plastics.

In Geneva, businesses and events on public land will be banned from using the single-use plastic like plastic straws, cutlery, crockery and cups. Other items made of single-use plastic also will be banned, confirmed Geneva city councillor Guillaume Barazzone.

In the case of neglecting the new ban, businesses such as food stalls, food trucks, ice cream stands and other outdoor venues on public land will be fined.

The Geneva authorities said that the ban is set to come into force from January 1st 2020, such a step will show Swiss city’s support of the European Union’s lead. According to the general plan, the EU is ready to ban single-use plastics from 2021.

Last month, the canton of Geneva announced a ban on the handing out of free plastic bags in shops – partly in a bid to stop the tide of plastic ending up in Lake Geneva.