Plastic Bottles Banned in Italy's Cinque Terre

נשלח 30 באפר׳ 2011, 11:57 על ידי Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 30 באפר׳ 2011, 12:01 ]
Salvatore Cardoni | October 2010


Arrivederci! Italy's Cinque Terre kicks plastic bottles to the curb. (Photo: Franco Origlia / Getty)

Italy is home to a lion’s share of man-made wonders: the Colosseum in Rome, the statue of David in Florence, and the gondolas of Venice, to name only a few.

But the country also offers a fair number of natural nuggets.

With all due respect to Capri’s Blue Grotto and Lombardy’s Lake Como, the most jaw-dropping of these natural wonders is the Cinque Terre—“the Five Lands”—a rugged, mountainous coastline on the Italian Rivera.

Each year, 3 million tourists brave its precipitous and narrow footpaths. And to quench their thirst, most of these visiting hikers bring along bottled refreshment.

The trash is adding up—to the tune of 2 million plastic bottles per year.

Fearing that the site would be “buried” in plastic, the Italian government has—finally—stepped in and banned hikers and tourists from carrying plastic bottles, reports The Daily Telegraph.

According to The Daily Telegraph:

The worst month is August, when an average of 400,000 plastic bottles are discarded along the narrow strip of picturesque World Heritage coast, which lies south of Genoa in the province of Liguria.

A new plan will require tourists to pay one Euro for reusable, metal flasks that can be refilled at newly constructed public water fountains along the nine-mile coastline.

"If the Cinque Terre is reduced to a rubbish dump in five years' time, they will suffer the consequences," said Franco Bonanini, the president of the Cinque Terre national park, to The Telegraph.

“This is a sacrifice that will benefit shopkeepers and everyone else. To the 3 million tourists who come here every year, we ask them for a little bit of understanding, in order to save this paradise for the future."

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