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Mexico City's single use plastic ban came into force in January

A broad ban on single-use containers, forks, straws and other ubiquitous took effect in Mexico’s capital, one of the world’s largest cities, after more than a year of preparation.

Mexico City lawmakers passed the ban on plastic bags, utensils and other disposable plastic items in 2019. The city of 9 million people has spent the past year adjusting or in some cases ignoring the impending law change. The ban on plastic bags took effect last year.

Light, allegedly biodegradable bags have become more common at the city’s street food stalls. Plastic straws are offered less often. Fresh tortillas are handed over wrapped in paper or cloths that buyers bring with them.



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