Parañaque’s Environment and Natural Resources Office announced that single-use plastic will be banned in the city starting in June, according to Philstar. This will include plastic bags, straws, spoons, forks, cups, and stirrers, as well as Styrofoam plates, cups, bowls, and serving trays.
The news comes after cities such as Pasig, Makati, and Quezon City announced new guidelines in banning or regulating single-use plastic.
Last month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources urged Congress to review an approved proposal and tax single-use plastic bags per piece instead of per kilo. This is to discourage manufacturers from possibly producing thinner bags that are more prone to being discarded after one use.
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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