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DACO: Single-use plastic ban will go into effect July 1

Consumer Affairs Secretary Lisoannette González Ruiz

By The Star Staff

Consumer Affairs (DACO by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Lisoannette González Ruiz announced Tuesday that a law banning the sale and use of single-use plastics in all commercial premises will enter into force on July 1.

The head of the island’s consumer protection agency said the draft of the Joint Regulation of the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources on the Use and Sale of Single-Use Plastics in Puerto Rico has already been worked on.

“We have been working agency-to-agency so that this process can be carried out most efficiently,” González Ruiz said. “It is the public policy of the Puerto Rico government to pay the greatest attention to the use of plastics in Puerto Rico’s jurisdiction. The purpose of the regulation is to establish the procedures for supervision and inspection of commercial establishments.”

“It is important to highlight that as of July 1, 2024 and until December 31, 2024, non-compliance with the provisions of this law and the regulations will entail a ‘Notification of Failure,’ which will constitute a warning and guidance on the non-compliance with Law No. 51-2022 or with this regulation,” the DACO chief emphasized.

González Ruiz also highlighted that “we will be very vigilant that businesses comply and abide by the mandate of the law.”

“Our Commercial Liaison and Compliance Office will remain alert and available to guide and clarify any questions that businesses may have,” she said. “At DACO, we are available to everyone to collaborate with them in the process for the benefit of all parties and, above all and most importantly, compliance with public policy.”

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