In May 2019, Mexico City voted to ban plastic bags from the capital’s shops starting on January 1, 2020, with a broadened restriction on other types of single-use plastics (including cutlery, straws, cups, and balloons) to begin in 2021. That same month, the state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula, passed its own legislation banning plastic bags, utensils, and other single-use plastic items within 12 months. (These new rules are being applied first to the islands of Holbox, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres before rolling out to the rest of the Mexican state, which includes Cancún, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen.)

Garbage at caribbean beach nearby Cancun in Mexico

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