Asia Politics & Legislation

No More Plastics in the Summer Capital of Philippines

Baguio City, also known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, keeps the total ban on the use of plastics and styrofoam which was implemented through the Ordinance 35-17.

This ordinance regulates the sale, distribution and use of plastic bags and styrofoam in the city and was approved at the third reading by the city council in 2017. This Ordinance is also called “No Plastic and Styro” ordinance.

Baguio City Councilor Mylen Yaranon who was present during the environment forum reiterated there will be no exemption from the implementation of the ‘No to Plastic Use’ ordinance. “During our session last Monday, April 30, there were business establishments who were asking for exemptions since they were using were Oxo-biodegradable and Bioplastics. But majority of the council did not agree with their claim since these are still made from plastics,” Yaranon explained.

Under the mayor’s administrative order, the use of Oxo-biodegradable or Bioplastics or vegetable-based plastic bags by some business establishments will not be allowed under the ordinance and its IRR unless certified by the Department of Science and Technology as to its degradation process.

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