Makati set to implement plastic ban starting June 20

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Makati City will ban the use of plastics, Styrofoam and other non-biodegradable packaging in "over 17,500 retail and food establishments" starting June 20.

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Makati City will ban the use of plastics, Styrofoam and other non-biodegradable packaging in "over 17,500 retail and food establishments" starting June 20.

 

According to the report, "beginning June 20, the establishment will be required 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." Establishments who would violate the ban face a P5,000 fine, an imprisonment of 30 days to one year for the owner, or both at the court's discretion. Individual violators, meanwhile, "will be fined P1,000 or imprisoned for five days to 30 days, or both at the discretion of the court."

 

The report further explained that while the use of plastics in stores will be prohibited, certain packaging materials are exempt from the ban. These include "plastic bottled products like bottled water, ice tea, cooking oil, alcohol, mayonnaise, jelly, peanut butter, coco jam, and the like; plastic sachet products like shampoo and conditioner, soap/detergent, noodles; cosmetics; cigarette case; plastic bags used as primary packaging on wet goods with thickness of 15 microns above, and other similar products."

 

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