With the support of the UNDP Program or the United Nations Development Program Unit, the Garabito district in Pacifico is the first in Costa Rica to implement the public policy of monitoring and control of plastics on beaches. For Premio DMC this is nothing but good news!
The beaches in Jacó; Herradura (Where Los Sueños Marriott is located), Hermosa, Guacalillo, and Tárcoles are monitored by local government and surfers to prevent plastic pollution in the district.
Straws, coffee, and plastic bags are some examples of the insatiable waste stream that obstruct waterways and endanger marine life.
The project in the community has a strategy that promotes the replacement of plastics by renewable materials and compounds that comply with biodegradation in six months, even so, in the marine environment.
The non-profit sports association ACOS (Costa Surf Association), located next to the Municipality of Garabito, will be the leader of the effort launched on Saturday, June 24 at the beach of Jacó.
This initiative is part of a national strategy that was recently inaugurated to replace single-use plastics with renewable objects.
Alice Shackelford, UNDP representative said Garabito is an example of local authorities and civil society to protect the environment.
“We need more social, economic and government activities to make alliances and take steps to replace single-use plastic. This monitoring work is essential to make the situation of the pollution of the plays visible and to measure the impacts of the strategy. This is a clear example of how all people and institutions can work together to turn Costa Rica into a free zone of plastic. “
The Deputy Minister of Water and Seas of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, Fernando Mora, mentioned that;
“Solid waste is a threat to the development of societies, the lack of adequate disposal of these and their integral management have endangered our aquatic resources. The national strategy aims to motivate consumers, we dream of products More sustainable and environmentally friendly “.
Víctor Arce, president of the Coast Surfing Association (ACOS), stressed that the association has a strong commitment to protecting the environment so that together with the municipality they carry out a monthly review of games as part of a program Pilot to measure the impact of plastics Reduction.
For us, at Premio, this is great news as we have a strong environmental drive.