"This is the largest environmental sanction in Argentina's history," Sustainable Development Agency (OPDS) Director Juan Brardinelli explained, mentioning that 70 companies traded over 13 million plastic containers in Buenos Aires in 2020
"Only one million of those containers were recovered. We are talking about millions of containers that have been left lying around generating pollution."
Authorities found hundreds of containers dumped on the side of a rural school. The OPDS is still investigating and scouring the entire capital to detect other points where bins were left behind.
"The fines were notified last week and their value is equivalent to 1,000 basic salaries," Brardelli remarked and insisted that containers' remains are harmful to human health.
The Argentinean laws state that agrochemical manufacturers and importers are responsible for collecting and treating the containers they sell.
Nevertheless, the CampLimpio Association, responsible for the collection and treatment of the containers, assured that the sanctions imposed are unfounded and announced it will appeal the government's measure.