Parañaque Moves Closer to Becoming a Plastic-Free City

Saving the world, one plastic ban at a time.

( With apocalyptic scenarios happening all over the world—from the uncontrollable fire tornadoes in Australia to melting of massive glaciers in Antarctica, it's almost impossible to ignore the global climate crisis. And one of the culprits for this downward spiral? Trash—and lots of it. In an effort to solve our plastic problem, the city government of Parañaque has approved an ordinance to regulate the use of plastic. It joins Makati, Quezon City, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Pasay in campaigning for a plastic-free Metro. This is effective starting June 1.


"Plastic is a major problem for us because Parañaque is a catch basin. The water (from river tributaries and flooding) coming from other cities passes through our city," engineer Teresa Quiogue, Parañaque City's supervising environmental management specialist, said in an interview with ABS-CBN.

Waste from the Parañaque River in Barangays La Huerta and Tambo eventually makes its way to Manila Bay.
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Ordinance No. 18-40 Series of 2019 or "An Ordinance Regulating the Use, Provision, and Sale of Styrofoam, Plastic Bags, and Plastic for Prepared Food and Beverage Containers and Prescribing Penalties Thereof" bans the use of plastic in packing dry goods. It also regulates the distribution of plastic bags, straws, spoons, forks, cups, and stirrers; and styrofoam plates, cups, bowls, and serving trays in stores and restaurants. 

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