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'Unnecessary' Single-Use Plastic To Be Banned In All Government Offices

These eight plastic products were found to have available alternatives, according to officials.

The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) has approved a resolution banning the use of eight “unnecessary” single-use plastic products in all government offices, according to Inquirer. 

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 November 2019, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte “floated the idea” to ban single-use plastic in the Philippines, according to spokesman Salvador Panelo.

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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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