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Haiti could solve its drastic plastic problem and help its most vulnerable | theguardian.com


Take a walk through the streets of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, and you will be struck by the huge proliferation of litter and waste, from plastic bottles and bags to polystyrene wrappings. Parks and paths are scattered with them; they block the drains and festoon the harbour.In 2012, the Haitian government passed a law forbidding the import of polyethylene and polystyrene in a bid to counter the menace. Quite obviously, it hasn’t been enforced or monitored properly.As a Haitian, I have always been very proud of the country’s rich natural beauty. But I fear the amount of waste and its ineffective management are becoming a national disgrace.The sight and smell of littered streets and drains in parts of Port-au-Prince will inevitably affect the burgeoning tourist trade. Nobody wants to be picking over rubbish as soon as they arrive at their holiday hotel. via | theguardian.com

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