Makati City begins implementing "plastic bag ban" next week

GMA News Online reports that "starting next week, Makati City will enforce a strict ban on the use of plastic bags and non-biodegradable materials such as Styrofoam (Polystyrene) as packaging materials."

GMA News Online reports that "starting next week, Makati City will enforce a strict ban on the use of plastic bags and non-biodegradable materials such as Styrofoam (Polystyrene) as packaging materials." The report quoted the statement of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. on the city’s website: "We aim to encourage the use of biodegradable and/or recyclable plastic bags among business establishments and consumers alike."

As such, the report noted that business establishments will be "prohibited from selling, using or distributing plastic bags for use as primary or secondary packaging on dry goods, or as secondary packaging for wet goods." The report added: "Also prohibited is the sale, use or distribution of Styrofoam (Polystyrene) and other materials with non-biodegradable components used as containers for food, drinks, dining utensils and beverages."

The report pointed out that the management of the Makati business establishments "will have the option to provide, for free or for a fee, paper bags, cloth bags, basket/woven bags made from biodegradable packaging materials, woven native bags and other similar materials in lieu of plastic shopping bags."

 

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