First to ban plastics in NCR, Muntinlupa City takes campaign further
More News from Nathaniel R. Melican
Ballet Philippines’ ‘Blue Moon Series,’ Tanghalang Pilipino’s ‘Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente’ lead Philstage Gawad Buhay!’s 2014 3rd-quarter citations
After banning plastic bags and Styrofoam containers for most goods bought in commercial establishments, the Muntinlupa City government is now encouraging residents to use reusable containers when buying takeout food.
City administrator Byron San Pedro said the measure stemmed from observations that canteens and other small-scale food vendors in the city were still using plastic bags for meals to go.
“Our antiplastic policy only allows the use of plastic bags as packaging for wet goods, but canteens and karinderyas (eateries) have continued to use them for takeout food,” San Pedro noted in an Inquirer interview.
The city has begun implementing the measure on the local government’s 6,000 employees by ordering them to bring reusable containers, including mugs and glasses, for the food and beverages they will buy.
Violators face administrative sanctions, San Pedro said. “Meanwhile, we have sent our people to canteens and restaurants to provide reusable containers for their customers.”
He said the city government decided to impose the measure first on its employees so they could serve as an example for other Muntinlupa residents.
“By July, we hope we can come up with the proper decree so this could be formally applied to the general public,” San Pedro said.
In 2010, Muntinlupa became the first local government in the National Capital Region to ban plastic bags and Styrofoam in shops.
Last week, Makati City announced a similar ban that would take full effect in January next year. It allowed commercial outlets to use up their remaining stock of nonbiodedgradeable packaging materials until December.
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94