The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged Congress to tax single-use plastic bags per piece instead of per kilo, according to Inquirer. This is to discourage manufacturers from possibly producing thinner bags that are more prone to being discarded after one use.
DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said the department supports the recently approved proposal to tax single-use plastic bags, but urged lawmakers to make it per piece instead of per kilo.
Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved a bill that would tax single-use plastic bags P20 per kilo. If passed into law, it would be effective starting January 1, 2020, according to Rappler.
The proposed tax is estimated to create P4.8 billion on its first year, which would go to the government's solid waste management programs.
In 2015, the Philippines was found to be the third biggest source of plastic waste in oceans around the world, according to Rappler.
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