TABUK CITY, Kalinga: Starting July 1, 2022, the city will ban the use of plastic bags and styrofoam as packaging materials with the full implementation of City Ordinance 3, Series of 2021.

The ordinance was signed into law in June 2021. A six-month moratorium that began in December 2021 was given to vendors and establishments to use their remaining supply in preparation for the implementation of the ordinance.

The moratorium will end on June 30, 2022, after which vendors and establishments will be prohibited from selling and using cellophane and sando bags as secondary packaging materials as well as styrofoam products as containers for food and beverages.

Violators of the law will face the following fines and penalties: First offense – P500 fine and confiscation and destruction of prohibited materials. Second offense – P1,000 fine and confiscation and destruction of prohibited materials. Third offense – P3,000 fine, confiscation and destruction of prohibited materials and revocation of license to operate for business establishments.

Meanwhile, customers are advised to get into the habit of bringing reusable and recyclable alternatives such as cloth bags, net bags, eco bags, jute bags and other recyclable containers when shopping.

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Implementing agencies led by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) are preparing for the implementation of the ordinance, with the technical working group meeting today to finalize its implementing rules and regulations.

The Cenro said key stakeholders have also been notified and are all set for the implementation of the plastic ban by July 1.