Quezon City Is Banning Single-Use Plastic Starting On July 1

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Hotels and restaurants in Quezon City have until July 1 to comply with City Ordinance No. 2876 which bans the use of single-use plastics for dine-in purposes.

The ban covers single-use plastics such as throw-away plates, spoons, forks, cups, and other plastic and paper disposables.

According to a report from PhilStar, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte approved a recommendation made by the city’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department to push back the February 15 implementation of the ban to allow establishments a transition plan.

On February 21, the mayor said, “We understand the concerns of businesses so we will give them ample time to comply. After that, it will be all systems go for the implementation of the ordinance.”

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News reported that Quezon City’s waste management department is working with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability to develop processes in recovering and recycling plastics and disposable materials.

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The report added that several restaurants are now complying with the ban.

Further, violators of the city ordinance could be fined between P1,000 and P5,000, depending on the number of offenses. Third-time violators of the city ordinance could have their business permit revoked and could be issued a closure order.

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In November 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte floated the idea of banning single-use plastic, and it looks like a lot of cities in Metro  Manila are following suit. Cities such as Pasig, Makati, and Paranaque announced their plans of eliminating the use of plastic

With more cities in Metro Manila banning single-use plastics, it comes as no surprise that 7 out of 10 Filipinos are in favor of a permanent ban on the pollutant. A survey commissioned by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives revealed that a majority of the survey’s 1,800 respondents agreed to regulate the use of items such as sando bags, plastic straws and stirrers, and styrofoam containers, among others.

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