Aruba says goodbye to plastics and oxybenzone for good! That’s right—the law regarding the ban of plastic as well as the use of sunscreens with oxybenzone was unanimously accepted in Parliament on November 19. Plastics and oxybenzone are now officially banned in Aruba!
Banned items include plastic cups and plates, straws and stirrers, plastic utensils, and plastic to-go containers. Products made of polystyrene plastic, such as cups, plates, and to-go packaging, are also banned. In essence, any disposable plastic that is needed for the consumption of food and beverage will be banned from use on the island. Note that plastic bags have been banned since 2017.
What does this mean for the island of Aruba? It’s simple, really—less waste to manage, a healthier environment for wildlife, more beautiful landscapes and seascapes, and healthier reefs.
*Important note: sale, import, production, and free give-away will be sanctioned as per July 1, 2020.