On July 5, 2018, the fourth bill this year to restrict plastic waste was introduced in the Chilean Cámara de Diputados.
This bill modifies law N° 19.300, which prohibits the use of disposable plastics in commercial establishments. The amended law would define “commercial establishments” to include “fast food stores, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and all other places where these items can be supplied.”
Violations include fines between 20 to 50 UTM.
According to Chilean officials, the bill aims to protect the environment as well as the health of the public by addressing the harmful effects of single-use plastics. To inform and educate the population about the matter, it is proposed that an illustrative document be published alongside the bill that establishes sustainable alternatives to disposable plastics.
Other bills in Chile to restrict plastic waste in 2018 include:
A bill prohibiting the use of plastic containers and packaging.
A bill prohibiting the commercial use of “non-degradable plastic containers.”
A bill requiring a greater use of bioplastics by manufacturers in all industries.
The Bill was assigned to the Committee on Natural Resources, National Assets and the Environment.