Ordinance No. 2876, which was passed by its city council on September 30, 2019, and signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte on October 15, 2019, will no longer allow the said establishments to use single-use plastics and disposable materials such as plastic utensils, plates, cups, straws, and styrofoam containers, once it takes effect.
The ordinance covers fast-food chains.
Hotels, likewise, must follow suit. They will soon need to stop packaging guests' toiletries in plastic sachets and single-use containers.
With the ordinance, the city hopes to reduce its plastic waste and promote more sustainable practices for businesses.
Failure to comply with the ordinance will merit a fine of P1,000 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense, revocation of Environmental Clearance and issuance of a Cease and Desist Order; as well as a fine of P5,000, revocation of Business Permit and issuance of a closure order.