Before the end of 2019, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte signed a ban on single-use plastics and disposable materials in restaurants and hotels. Under Ordinance No. 2876, establishments are prohibited from using plastic or paper plates, utensils, cups, straws, and other disposable items such as styrofoam. Hotels are also no longer allowed to give out toiletries such as shampoo and soap packaged in sachets or other single-use containers.
On February 27, the QC government made another move against plastic pollution with the opening of its first Bring Your Own Bote (BYOB) Store, located at the Quezon City Hall Compound.
The BYOB store was launched by the QC government through its Small Business and Cooperatives Development Promotions Office (SBCDPO) and in partnership with NutriAsia Inc. and the QC Environment Protection and Waste Management (EPWM) Department. It is a zero-waste facility where local residents can get a refill of basic condiments such as vinegar, soy sauce, and cooking oil. Even the establishment is built out of eco-bricks!
The condiment refilling station is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.
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