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ITALIAN RESORT BANS SINGLE USE PLASTIC

Pejo 3000 is outlawing bottles, bags, disposable cutlery, straws plus packets of ketchup & mayonnaise. Some call for a similar ban across the Alps.

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The resort in the Val di Sole in the Trentino region has 12 miles of ski runs and seven ski lifts.

Last season it has 137,000 skiers and snowboarders on its slopes.

“This is the first part of a project intended to make the ski area of Pejo 3000 the most sustainable in the Alps,” said Fabio Sacco, the general director of the Val di Sole tourist board.

The areas made the decision after a recent study revealed that a nearby glacier contained microplastics, including polyester fibers and polythene.

The Forni glacier is the largest valley glacier in Italy.

Scientists found up to 162 million particles of plastic on the glacier.

They believe the particles came from plastic and were blown onto the glacier.

Plastics that make their way onto the mountains can remain there for decades.

The Forni glacier

The Forni glacier

“They will then transform into environmental and health damage, and enter the food chain,” said Christian Casarotto a glaciologist at the Natural Sciences Museum in Trento.

He said that a limit on plastic products is “urgently needed” and should be “applied throughout the Alps.”

“We didn’t want to wait any longer,” said Luciano Rizzi, president of the local tourist board.

“The local economy is based on tourism but this requires special attention to ensure that our natural resources are not depleted.”

The Dolomites “are our real treasure and we have to preserve and protect them for future generations.”

Visitors are being urged to limit the plastics they bring to the resort.

The area also uses hydroelectric plants for energy.

A biomass plant that burns wood scraps from the local timber industry is used to heat buildings.

Snow production is made with water recovery systems.

There are also plans to use more eco-friendly hybrid snowcats.

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