Capri, Italy issues plastic ban

Friday 10th May 2019 | Jake

For an island of just four square miles, Capri attracts an astonishing number of tourists. Adrift on the west coast of Italy, just off Naples, Capri welcomes 2.3 million tourists a year. While their money may be welcome for a struggling economy, their litter isn’t. Italy has been at war with tourists’ waste in recent years, and Capri’s mayor, Giovanni De Martino has now approved a ban on all single-use plastics. The ban came into effect on the 1st of May, and tourists found with plastics, including water bottles and plastic bags, face a 500 euro fine.

Tourist numbers are increasing, and there is a growing antipathy towards visitors from Italians, particularly down to the vast amount of waste they create. Capri has already banned motor vehicles and bicycles from the island, in order to reduce footfall and pollution. There have also been calls for a reduction in the number of boats arriving on the island daily. Capri has a native population of about 15,000 people, and the plastic ban is highly popular with locals.