Philippines: Makati City bans plastic bags

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A9YG7C Man at a fair carrying objects in plastic bagsStarting June 20, the Philippines financial capital of Makati City has banned the disbursement and use of disposable plastic bags in shops, supermarkets, fast food chains, restaurants, for street vendors and at public markets. Styrofoam food containers and plastic cups have also been banned.

Individual violators are now subject to a fine of 1,000 pesos ($23) or imprisonment for five days to 30 days, or both at the discretion of the court. An errant corporation or establishment will be fined P5,000 ($115), or the owner may be imprisoned from 30 days to a year, or both. If warranted, the business permit or license may also be cancelled.

The city government’s Department of Environmental Services has deployed 49 monitoring teams to supervise the ban.

Consumers are given the option of paper alternatives or not using any bags, with supermarkets encouraging shoppers to bring their own.

Makati became the ninth out of the 17 urban areas in Metro Manila to issue the plastics ban, meaning 6.7 million of Metro Manila’s population of 13 million people are covered by the restrictions.

Apart from the waste recycling problems that plastic bags cause, cutting down their use is vital to stop the clogging of the city’s waterways, which is widely blamed for contributing to floods.

Exempted from the ban are plastic bottled products such as water, soft drinks, oil, butter and jam, as well as plastic sachet products such as shampoos, toothpaste, soap, detergent, noodles, cosmetics as well as cigarette boxes.

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Starting June 20, the Philippines financial capital of Makati City has banned the disbursement and use of disposable plastic bags in shops, supermarkets, fast food chains, restaurants, for street vendors and at public markets. Styrofoam food containers and plastic cups have also been banned.

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A9YG7C Man at a fair carrying objects in plastic bagsStarting June 20, the Philippines financial capital of Makati City has banned the disbursement and use of disposable plastic bags in shops, supermarkets, fast food chains, restaurants, for street vendors and at public markets. Styrofoam food containers and plastic cups have also been banned.

Individual violators are now subject to a fine of 1,000 pesos ($23) or imprisonment for five days to 30 days, or both at the discretion of the court. An errant corporation or establishment will be fined P5,000 ($115), or the owner may be imprisoned from 30 days to a year, or both. If warranted, the business permit or license may also be cancelled.

The city government’s Department of Environmental Services has deployed 49 monitoring teams to supervise the ban.

Consumers are given the option of paper alternatives or not using any bags, with supermarkets encouraging shoppers to bring their own.

Makati became the ninth out of the 17 urban areas in Metro Manila to issue the plastics ban, meaning 6.7 million of Metro Manila’s population of 13 million people are covered by the restrictions.

Apart from the waste recycling problems that plastic bags cause, cutting down their use is vital to stop the clogging of the city’s waterways, which is widely blamed for contributing to floods.

Exempted from the ban are plastic bottled products such as water, soft drinks, oil, butter and jam, as well as plastic sachet products such as shampoos, toothpaste, soap, detergent, noodles, cosmetics as well as cigarette boxes.

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