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13 rooms give up non-recyclable plastic – Italian Cuisine

13 rooms give up non-recyclable plastic

The central square is the first plastic free in Italy: in 13 exercises, from the beginning of the month, only reusable or recyclable and compostable products are used

Never again a glass or a non-recyclable saucer, in the very central Piazza dei Signori, in Padua. Thirteen rooms, including bars, pizzerias and fast food restaurants have decided, since the beginning of the month, to definitively ban all that disposable plastic, which is used only once before becoming a polluting waste.

In these exercises they will be used, from now on, exclusively reusable products, such as ceramic plates, glass cups and steel cutlery, or even disposable products, but only if they are completely recyclable and compostable, and then made of PLA (the bioplastic produced with raw materials such as corn, wheat, beetroot or other cereals).

The proposal was launched during one of the meetings of the owners of the thirteen local, and immediately liked even the municipal administration. «It is an important gesture that demonstrates the environmental responsibility of exhibitors, willing to face even higher company costs, in order to help the environment ", confirms Erminio Alajmo, president of the Provincial Public Association (Appe). The initiative, which anticipates the times of the European Directive against disposable plastic, can also be re-proposed in other cities, to contribute decisively to environmental sustainability.

On the other hand, according to the latest survey Beach litter 2019 of Legambiente, which has monitored 93 Italian coastlines, 10 waste passes every step on Italian beaches. IS 81% is really represented by plastic with which the disposable objects such as bottles, dishes, straws and envelopes are produced, as confirmed by the report. "Every hundred meters of beach we cross 45 bottles e 34 plastic tableware: plates, glasses, cutlery and straws. Items we use for just a few minutes but which, if not properly disposed of, can pollute forever. Indeed the risk is that, if dispersed in the environment, they will fragment into billions of microplastics that can easily disperse in the sea and equally easily contaminate the food chain ".

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