The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, signed an executive order Thursday that prohibits city agencies from buying single-use plastics that are not necessary, including straws (straws, straws, canes), cutlery , glasses, plates and trays, in defense of the environment.
With this measure, the city expects to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2050, pollution by plastics and risks to wildlife.
The city buys about 500 tons of single-use plastics for meals and estimates that with this order, which will be launched by the end of this year, it will be reduced by 95%.
However, the mayor indicated that the city recognizes that certain objects of this type, such as straws, are used continuously by New Yorkers with disabilities who can not use other alternative products available.
He affirmed that these people will continue to provide these products at no cost and with prior request and will also be available for other purposes such as medical use or emergency preparedness.
"The big oil companies have been pushing for single-use plastic for too long and that ends here," De Blasio said.
"They mess up our beaches and parks, they clog our recycling machines and they contribute to climate change, our actions today will help build a fairer city for New Yorkers," said De Blasio, who made the announcement during a press conference at a center. recycling.
As a result of this executive order, the city will not sign any new contract to acquire these products, apart from those obtained to maintain sufficient supply of certain objects to provide to those who request them.
De Blasio said that all relevant agencies should begin to reduce "immediately" the use of these plastics and should also prepare a plan within the next 120 days, which should be fully implemented before the end of the year.
The mayor also reported his support for bills that the City Council considers to reduce plastic for single use in private establishments and that will work with the municipal legislature to ensure that these proposals meet the needs of the disabled.
De Blasio insisted that single-use plastics are a constant threat to neighborhoods, waterways and climate. He recalled that every year the city collects more than 16,000 tons of these plastics in residences, which multiply in commercial establishments.