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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:05 am 
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In addition to plastic and foam ban, a law banning sunscreen containing oxybenzone is also in the making

A plastic ban law in Aruba will be valid as of January 1st 2019. The law includes the ban of "single use" plastic on the island which includes plastic forks, knives, cups, straws, spoons, plates, ect. The law also calls for a ban on foam boxes popularly used for carry out foods. The ban calls for the prohibition of the import of "single use" plastic products and foam boxes on the island as of January 1st 2019.

The government will give a grace period of a year in so to allow businesses and consumers on the island to adapt to the new law. In addition, many businesses have already pre-ordered new "single use" plastic materials and foam to be imported in the months ahead.

Violation of the law will result into fines which will be effective as of January 1st 2020. The fine amount has yet to be determined by the government, but will be announced before the fines become effective as of January 1st 2020.

Take out trucks and restaurants used carton boxes before foam boxes became the norm through modern times says the governemnt. However plastic materials and foam have become a threat to the Aruban environment, and that of the World. Aruba has increasingly become more conscious about protecting the environment in the last years, this is another step into the right direction.

The government is also working on a law to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone. The use of sunscreens containing oxybenzone in Aruba is six times higher than the global average. Oxybenzone sunscreen is proven to contribute to the destruction of coral reefs and marine life. The ban on suncreens containing oxybenzone will be announced soon.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:32 am 
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Long overdue and welcomed news.

Thanx, Eddy.

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best news I heard all year


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:23 pm 
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Yes, this is wonderful news.

However, one of the glaring abuses of plastic cups was at and from the beach bars at all the hotels and resorts. I recall during just about every trip I'd see more than a few cups blowing by a few of which I'd make the attempt to catch and dispose of but old knees, etc. have slowed me down considerably. The same as pages from Aruba Today would occasionally fly by.

The plastic straws were done away with over a year ago and were replaced by some sort of biodegradable paper straw.
How do the resorts and hotels replace plastic drink cups? Not quite so easy and probably more expensively.

As for foam, I'm sure the restaurants can use the pressed paper transport cartons for take out and 'doggie bags'. Probably more expensive and bulkier but much more considerate of the environment.

A double edged sword for sure but it had to be dealt with.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:38 pm 
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Eddy wrote:
In addition to plastic and foam ban, a law banning sunscreen containing oxybenzone is also in the making

A plastic ban law in Aruba will be valid as of January 1st 2019. The law includes the ban of "single use" plastic on the island which includes plastic forks, knives, cups, straws, spoons, plates, etc. The law also calls for a ban on foam boxes popularly used for carry out foods. The ban calls for the prohibition of the import of "single use" plastic products and foam boxes on the island as of January 1st 2019.

The government is also working on a law to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone. The use of sunscreens containing oxybenzone in Aruba is six times higher than the global average. Oxybenzone sunscreen is proven to contribute to the destruction of coral reefs and marine life. The ban on suncreens containing oxybenzone will be announced soon.


So what is to replace plastic forks, knives, cups, straws. spoons plates? Any rocket scientist now working for the Aruban government figure that out yet?

Sunscreen? So will there be "sunscreen police" with special oxybenzone detecting scanners walking the beaches? Better yet lets have the Aruban customs agents go through everyone's luggage as they arrive at the airport to see who has the wrong sunscreen.

Why not educate people on the subject. Have recycling bins along the beaches and at the resorts. Ask people to pitch in.

NO! the simple answer for simple people running things is to ban everything. After all people are stupid and Government knows what is best for them.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:26 pm 
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No one has said anything about the Water Bottle!!


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I'm around long enough when they said that plastic shopping bags were being phased out years ago, Did not happen.
We brought along some Walmart and Publix bags, then left them in the room. Good old plastic was still there.
Plastic bottles are a true blight...when they say that less that 10% are recycled...from billions of bottles.
Trying to do our part, but too far advanced to see what it will mean for the younger generation.

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