Plastic ban in Quezon City

klutzfree By klutzfree, 18th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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plastic as environment hazard is now banned in Q.C. to promote eco-friendly environment in the Philippines.

Plastic ban ordinance to avoid heavy floods.

Since September 1, 2012, Plastic bags are banned in stores, wet markets and groceries in Quezon City under the city ordinance SP-2140 also known as "Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance." Customers are required to bring reusable bag or "bayong" for their purchased goods. If customer fails to bring their own bag, customer must pay Php 2.00 for every plastic bag and Php 5.00 for each carton box.

The ordinance's objective is to minimize the uncontrolled disposal of plastic materials that have clogged the drainage systems and caused massive flooding during heavy rains. Eco-waste, an environmental group led by their president Von Hernandez, urged the public to break the plastic bag habit and cooperate with the ordinance. Engr. Chito Cabungcal of Quezon City Engineering Department (QCED) stated that ,"millions of pesos in flood control expenses are wasted, millions of pesos worth of properties are damaged and lives are put to risk due to heavy flooding."

An average of 750 fully-laden dump trucks of waste made up mostly of non-biodegradable materials are hauled daily from the city's drainage system according to QCED.

Violators of the ordinance will get only a warning since the city government is giving the public time to familiarize themselves with the practice.

But starting October 1, violators will be penalized in accordance with the implementing rules and regulations of the plastic ban. Clear plastic bags are still allowed in wet markets for wrapping chicken, fish and meat. Thanks for the initiative and implementation of our government officials, people will be disciplined and environmentally aware.

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Ordinance Sp-2140, Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance, Plastic Ban, Quezon City

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Sep 2012 (#)

Good news really, we should all try to use reusable bags even if we live in areas where plastic bags are still given for free.

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author avatar klutzfree
21st Sep 2012 (#)

absolutely! here in the Philippines, people complaints about heavy floods so the governments only solution is to ban the use of plastic. other people are very disappointed but others gave a hundred percent support. I guess majority wins.

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