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See how three years of plastic ban transformed San Pedro La Laguna

3 18.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Municipal worker collecting bottles at recycling plant, San Pedro La Laguna
M/S Plastic bottles at recycling plant
M/S Construction out of plastic bottles
M/S Construction out of plastic bottle caps
M/S Construction out of plastic bottles
SOT, Mauricio Mendez, Mayor of San Pedro La Laguna (Spanish): "The prohibition of plastic bag, straw and duroport, is the result of how bad the situation with the garbage cleaning service was, this system was collapsed. We opened a recycling plant in 2016 and it has been running for four years and we started to sort the garbage, to separate it. And this has not only been the effort of the mayor and the municipality, but it is the work of the entire population which found the meaning of giving back to mother earth to live in peace and harmony as our grandparents said."
M/S View of market in San Pedro La Laguna
M/S Food being wrapped in mashan leaf
M/S Food being wrapped in mashan leaf
C/U Food in mashan leaf
SOT, Josefina Navichoc, Vendor at market of San Pedro La Laguna (Spanish): "When we used bags we made a lot of trash, and people asked for more bags. We put chicken in a bag and the customers asked for another one. Now people are no longer using bags, they bring their containers and with the mashan leaves we wrap chicken."
M/S Food being wrapped in mashan leaf
M/S Food being wrapped in mashan leaf
M/S Food being wrapped in mashan leaf
SOT, Salvador Quiacain, Leader of Elderly Council (Spanish): "As San Pedro La Laguna sows coffee and the coffee plantations that are on the edge of the town were filled with plastic, the farmers could no longer clean their land because it was full of plastic, and that did not allow rainwater to penetrate the ground, and that was a big problem."
M/S Banner against use of plastic
M/S People passing graffiti
M/S People with children
W/S Church at main square of San Pedro La Laguna
W/S Drone footage of San Pedro La Laguna and Lake Atitlan *NO SOUND AT SOURCE*
SCRIPT
The ban of single-use plastic that has been in place since 2016 transformed the Guatemalan town of San Pedro La Laguna in many ways. Footage filmed on Sunday shows how residents re-use plastic waste and what kind of alternatives they resort to.
Mayor of San Pedro La Laguna, Mauricio Mendez, explained that "the prohibition of a plastic bag, straw and duroport, is the result of how bad the situation with the garbage cleaning service was, this system was collapsed."
Plastic bottles and caps have since been given a second life, as they can be seen being used for various types of constructions.
Market vendors have also given up on the use of plastic. They now serve food in mashan leaves.
"When we used bags we made a lot of trash, and people asked for more bags. We put chicken in a bag and the customers asked for another one. Now people are no longer using bags, they bring their containers and with the mashan leaves we wrap chicken," said Joesfina Navichoc, one of the vendors.
Reports indicate that the water pollution in the town decreased by 90% in three years.
"It is the work of the entire population which found the meaning of giving back to mother earth to live in peace and harmony," Mauricio Mendez said.