Two state legislators presented an initiative Thursday that would see establishments fined starting in 2020 if they fail to provide biodegradable plastic bags, containers and cups to their customers.
Non-biodegradable straws would also be outlawed under the new law.
The proposal drawn up by María de Lourdes Martínez Pizano and Verónica Magdalena Jiménez Vázquez provides for “reprimands” to be handed out to Jalisco businesses not complying with the measure as of January 1, 2019, with the full force of the law implemented one year later.
“We are not just looking at prohibition but also at generating economic incentives to replace plastic bags, (styrofoam/unicel) containers, cups and straws,” Jiménez Vázquez said.
The new regulation would affect supermarkets, stores, cafes and restaurants throughout Jalisco.
The one-year “trial” period would provide ample time for environmentally friendly products to be developed and marketed, while also educating the general public on the important issue, she said.
Both legislators said there is a clamor on the part of many environmentally conscious citizens for measures to be taken regarding the use of plastic.