In Peru, almost 950 thousand tons of plastic are consumed per year, of which only a quarter is converted into products with a longer useful life, the rest goes to the city landfills. Lima and Callao alone generate more than 886 tons of plastic waste a day.
More than half of the marine litter collected in beach cleanups in the last 20 years is made up of plastics.
What We Do
In December 2018, the government of Peru passed legislation regulating both the use and production of disposable or single-use plastic items, including plastic bags, straws, expanded polystyrene packages, and plastic tableware. Oceana supported the development of this legislation and campaigned for its passage.
The plastics law prohibits production (for national use), import, distribution, and sale of Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) by December 2021, and sets additional one-to-three year deadlines for broader use of select throwaway plastics. Many of the main supermarket and fast food chains in coastal cities in Peru have already discontinued the use of Styrofoam containers and cutlery and significantly reduced the use of plastic bags and straws.
Oceana continues to monitor and support implementation of the plastics law.