Metrowide plastic ban in place by 2013 – MMDA
by Clara Masinag, InterAksyon.com
January 30, 2012
MANILA, Philippines – Local governments in Metro Manila have less than a year to comply fully with a metrowide ban on the use of plastics and styrofoam in the packaging and handling of items and food products in all establishments, markets and sari-sari stores, the Metro Manila Development Authority has said.
“I expect next year all the 17 LGUs (16 cities and the lone municipality of Pateros) would implement a similar ban. Right now, after Muntinlupa, Las Pinas followed suit in imposing the ban on plastics. Makati made a similar announcement, though the city’s total ban takes effect next year yet. Similar moves are under way in Taguig and Quezon City,” MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said.
In Las Pinas, he noted, “Anti-Plastic Pulis” teams were even deputized to enforce the measure.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said last week they have given a one-year grace period to all business establishments in the city to dispose of their plastic and styrofoam containers and switch to recyclable substitutes.
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