Chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the NSWMC said the ban includes plastic cups less than 0.2 millimeter thick, drinking straws, coffee stirrers, spoons, forks, knives, thin and translucent plastic bags, and thin sand bags lower than 15 microns.
Why these eight plastic products specifically? It was “a balanced judgment on the use of single-use plastics by taking into consideration that we can only ban those that have available alternatives,” said Benny Antiporda, Environment Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Unit Concerns.
Earlier, Quezon City announced that single-use plastic for dine-in purposes in hotels and restaurants will be banned starting on July 1. Parañaque City will also ban single-use plastic products starting in June.
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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