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Santiago City Council member Jose Torres introduced a motion for Santiago’s city to be the first in the Dominican Republic to ban single-use plastics. This refers to items such as straws and food containers. The motion was approved.

The councilman noted that the alliance between the city of Santiago and Cilpen Global, the first recycling company in the area, has shown great progress. The company is now processing some 18 million plastic water bottles per month.

Torres also noted that the water bottles used in the city council meetings would take 250 four year terms of city council meeting to disintegrate. It might be worth noting that Councilman Torres is the youngest member of the City Council.

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