Proponents expect opposition on plastic ban implementation

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Monday, September 3, 2012


THE business groups in the country have expressed their opposition on the implementation of banning plastics and plastic bags by several local government units (LGUs) on November this year.

Opposing the plastic ban are: the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCI), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop), Pollution Control Association of the Philippines (Pcapi), Samahan ng Pilipinas sa Industriang Kemiko, Association of Petrochemical Manufacturers of the Philippines (APMP), Packaging Institute of the Philippines, Polystyrene Packaging Council of the Philippines (PPCP), Philippine Plastics Industry Association (PPIA), Metro Plastics Recycling Industries, Philippine Association of Supermarkets Inc. (Pasi), and Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association in the national level in Bacolod.

The local ordinance was authored by Councilor Em Ang.

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The business groups, which have their local memberships here, don't agree on the banning, as the use of paper as an alternative to plastics, would even mean the cutting of more trees in making papers and paper bags.

Trashes such as plastic bags have been blamed for clogging sewers and causing floods in the metropolis. Several cities such as Quezon City, Pasay City, Muntinlupa, Pasig, Marikina, Las Piñas and Manila have passed measures banning the use of plastic bags. In Quezon City, a P2 plastic recovery system fee will be imposed for each plastic bag starting Sunday.

The business groups suggested enforcing Waste Segregation law instead.

“It entails more work but it will make our cities cleaner; our waterways free of all kinds of waste; save forests, water and energy; reduce imports; save jobs; and even create a robust recycling business all over the country,” they said.

Councilor Ang, in his part, said it is expected of the groups to oppose the law since plastics are big business too, adding that other LGUs in the country implemented a ban on plastics which are seen with remarkable difference.

Ang also said clothe bags can be used as best alternative.

The city will soon follow suit starting the ban on the use of plastics and sando bags in malls and establishments in this year. (Carla N. Canet)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 03, 2012.

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