A day after it was implemented around the city, at least 38 establishments were caught violating the plastic ban imposed by the Makati City government.
Makati’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) Plastic Monitoring Task Force (PMTF) chief Danilo Villas said the 38 violators were among the 327 establishments that were inspected by PMTF monitoring teams on Friday.
He said that the 38 establishments were composed of shops, restaurants, markets and supermarkets.
“They were caught violating the ordinance, which bans the use, sale, and distribution of plastics and other non-biodegradable materials such as Styrofoam,” he said.
Villas said the 38 errant establishments were found in six out of eight barangays covered during the first day of implementation of the ban as follows: Barangay Poblacion with 1 violator; Bel-Air, 7; Guadalupe Nuevo, 12; South Cembo, 12; Olympia, 3; and Cembo, 3. Meanwhile, the monitoring teams found zero violators in Barangays Comembo and San Lorenzo.
The errant establishments were issued violation tickets ordering them to pay the P5,000 fine for violating the ordinance.
The citywide plastic ban is mandated under the Solid Waste Management Code of Makati enacted in 2003 through City Ordinance 2003-095.
Based on the ordinance, individual violators face a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment ranging from five to 30 days while firms or establishments will be fined P5,000. Their owners may also be jailed for a month up to a year.
“Business establishments have no excuse for not complying with the plastic ban mandated by the Solid Waste Management Code of Makati. They were given more than nine years to make the transition to using environment-friendly materials, aside from the repeated reminders and warnings we gave prior to the full implementation on June 20,” Villas said.
About 50 teams from the PMTF, each composed of at least four members representing Makati Action Center, Makati Health Department, Liga ng mga Barangay, Business Permits Office, Economic Enterprise Management Office and DES, were deployed the whole day to the eight barangays.
Villas said the monitoring of the Task Force will continue until all the barangays in the city have been covered and monitored.
The DES chief said cutting down on the use of plastic and other non-biodegradable materials was vital to preventing the clogging of the city’s waterways, which has been widely blamed for flooding in various parts of the city.
He said that during their bi-monthly wastewater cleanups, it was found that plastic waste matters made up a huge bulk of the garbage they collected.
Richie A. Horario