Community of Oaxaca declares itself free of plastic

In the community of Maguey Largo, municipality of San José del Progreso, by agreement of the general assembly, was declared a plastic-free community. The decision was made as a step towards conserving the environment and is the first community of the Valley of Ocotlan to declare itself plastic-free.

“It is time to do something for mother nature, we must return to what our grandparents did, bring backpacks to the store and no longer consume soda or water in plastic boats,” claimed the municipal agent, Justino Víctor Hernández, to the population.

They invite refrigeration companies or those that sell bottled products, to change their ways of distribution in glass containers or returnable bottles.

The agreement to prohibit the plastic, was embodied in an internal regulation, which includes measures for the care and responsible use of water.

Years ago the community sought to safeguard the ecosystem of its environment, the Coordinator of United Peoples for the Care and Defense of Water (Copuda) was formed. This organization has been in charge of capturing rainwater in times of drought and is fighting for the modification of a closure decree, which limits the free access and use of water to thousands of farmers in the Central Valleys.

Recently the state congress approved a reform for the Prevention and Integral Management of Solid Waste, which prohibits the sale, distribution, marketing and use of plastics, but so far has not become law, because it has not been published in the Official Newspaper.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.