Exec sees death of plastics industry due to ban


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The country’s plastics could face death sooner than later as more and more local government units outlaw the use of plastic bags and polystyrene foam materials  in the retail of food items, an industry association official said here Thursday.

Peter Quintana, president of the Philippine Plastics Industries Association, told reporters that at least 112 local government units have passed ordinances banning the use of plastic bags in the retail trade and the number appears to be growing by the day.

“I see the death of the plastics industry if all the cities and municipalities will have an ordinance banning plastic as food container,” Quintana said.

He said the ban would eventually affect more than 600,000 industry workers.

Already, Quintana said, production volume has gone down by about 50 percent since 2010 because of the plastics ban. Prior to the plastics ban implemented in various places in the country, the industry was producing about 600,000 metric tons of plastic and polystyrene containers per year.

Many plastics manufacturing companies have cut working hours of their employees in a bid to keep them employed.

“About two to three working days are lost in the case of workers in a plastic factory with the ban on plastics,” he said.

Quintana said that while the situation was still bearable, he was afraid the time would eventually come when many companies would simply have to shut down.

“It’s not the product that is the problem but the attitude of people,” he said.

Quintana said that instead of banning the use of plastics, local governments should have adopted measures geared toward recycling.

Crispian Lao, a member of the National Solid Waste Management Commission, supported Quintana’s position.

“The plastics ban is ill-advised and offers no benefit to the people. It is just politically appealing. It is also bad actually for the environment because it results in more paper use, which requires the cutting of trees, and the use of more water and power for production,” he said.

Lao said what local governments should do would be to regulate the use of plastics as in Quezon City.

“The good thing about regulation like in Quezon City is that it may bring opportunities for the recycling sector even if there would be a negative effect on the plastic bag sub-sector. It’s better than an outright ban,” he said.

As for disposal of plastic wastes, Lao noted that technology was available to allow the recycling of plastics.

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  • generalproblem

    thats ok anyway plastic is one of the cause of the destruction of the environment

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEL5M676WZ7BLFR4SNH66WKRZM Bigboy I

    dami nagtitinda ng mga plastic containers ex. tupperware, rubbermaid  lock and lock. exag naman yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7ROPG2J6GSEKG6KUYD3D5K6AE enteng

    Life on earth can continue without plastics, especially those plastic politicians. Biodegradable materials are preferable and bearable to the environment.

  • joboni96


    mga intsik switik lang
    laki kita sa plastik

    pilipino kawawa

    rollback intsik switik control
    of our economy

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YIBUURWLNOWGDGG5SMXA5ZD2WM August

    blame the end users who cannot discipline themselves in disposing plastic bags. i favor banning the plastic bags.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6DOQ2XTESCE4IABT3LPXXQ2RA Bong

    600000 against millions well, I have to side with a lesser evil…  no to plastic bag and styro

  • monses

    In the end it would be beneficial for us,plastic factories pollutes the air.Most of these factories were situated at residential areas,like in Malabon City(acacia) wherein it is adjacent to an elementary school,their industrial exhaust fan directly pointed at the school,emitting the hazardous air that students and the whole communities breath out there.Nobody cares to lodge a complaint to local officials.Most of these businessmen are chinese who never cares for our environment,

  • Horst Manure

    Go the whole 27 feet  and ban diapers as well. 1 dirty diaper contains much more plastics than a few plastic bags.


    LOST LIVES are better than lost jobs.

  • iping2sison

    Since plastic bag manufacturers are doomed, they should shift production to other plastic products. Those plastic resins can be the raw materials for chairs, tables, cabinets, and other furniture.

  • lapasan

    Banning plastics I think is good for the environment. Plastic bags are the nastiest of all garbage because they will not decompose and it will take even hundred years before it will degenerate in the soil, and the ground where the plastics are will become contaminated. Except those toxic substances like insecticides and motor oil, some garbage when it decomposes will even enrich the soil. Gradually, we should phase out this plastics which are destructive to the environment that adds to our woes like global warming and flash floods.

  • nizgoda

    I don’t believe the plastic industry is doomed. Plastics are still needed in other commodities.

  • Shadows1

    Mababawasan ang demand for plastic which is good. Pero may mga industry naman na muling uusbong. tulad ng paggawa ng bayong o mga basket gamit sa pamamalengke. E di magkakaroon na ulit ng trabaho ang gumagawa ng bayong at basket gamit ang mga dahon ng niyog. Meron din naman plastic na bayong, eh di tataas naman ang demand sa mga “straw” na plastic na gamit sa bayong na plastic. Wag naman doom sayer tong plastic industry.

  • alfred sanchez

    napakahirap mamili ng walang plastic, gamit mo paper bag na kagaya ng sa pandesal hindi aabot sa bahay butas na, pauso lang ng mga mayor yan dapat yung mga nag tatapon kung saan saan ang hulihin at yung mga squatter sa tabing ilog at aplya ang tanggalin para maiwasan ang baha

  • epenaper

    Moderate your greed, Mister. There are a lot of industries that rely on plastic. Let this one go.

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