Benguet town will regulate plastic use

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: The use, sale and disposal of plastic bags and styrofoam packaging will soon be regulated in the municipality of Mankayan, Benguet.

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Locals officials have crafted Municipal Ordinance No. 2014-03 regulating the use, sale and disposal of plastic bags and styrofoam packaging with corresponding penalties for violators.

Mayor Materno Luspian said the public should be prepared and be informed about the new ordinance through a massive information education campaign. There is also a need to identify suppliers of biodegradable containers and other environment-friendly bags or containers.

Plastic bags and styrofoam are among the major waste materials clogging waterways and littering streets and roads, and the local government is looking into addressing the problem.

The proposed measure is in line with Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Under the ordinance, groceries, retail stores, meat dealers, fish dealers, vegetable dealers, and other business establishments will be required to use paper bags or other biodegradable materials as containers or bags for dry goods and grocery stuff.

Bulky goods should be packed in paper boxes or cartons. The use of plastic bags will only be allowed as primary packaging materials for frozen goods.

Corresponding penalties are as follows: first offense, fine of P500.00; second offense, fine of P1,000.00; and third offense, fine of P1,500.00 and suspension of business permit for one month to a year at the discretion of the court. For habitual offenders, cancellation and non-renewal of business permit will be slapped.

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