Tourists travelling to the popular island of Capri in Italy’s Bay of Naples will face fines of up to €500 (AU$800) if they are caught using non-recyclable plastic.
According to The New York Times, 2.3 million travellers visit Capri annually and the popular island is struggling to manage all the rubbish they leave behind.
As a solution, the ban, approved by mayor Gianni De Martino, was brought into action on May 1 and prohibits the use of plastic bags, plates, cups, utensils, straws and even coffee stirrers on the island.
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“It’s a big change, but if we are saving the environment I don’t think anyone will complain,” De Martino told The Times.
Water sold in small plastic bottles will still be allowed but are also expected to be phased out.
“This summer we will be handing out free water flasks to discourage the use of throwaway bottles, and next year we plan to ban them,” he added.
“We are not going to save the world single-handedly — we see the bags and the polystyrene coming in on the current from elsewhere, but tourists are happy to join the effort, and what we started is spreading.”