Bag Plastic Ban Implementation today-A A +A
Friday, November 23, 2012
THE City Government of Bacolod will start implementing today the City Ordinance (CO) No. 562 or the Plastic Regulation Ordinance regulating the use of ‘sando’ plastic bags in commercial establishments and markets.
The implementation of CO 562 aims to reduce the volume of garbage by banning the use of sando plastic bags.
Lawyer Cesar Beloria of the City Legal Office Composite Enforcement team said that the implementation today will be enjoyable and educational as the enforcement team will see to it that there is a smooth implementation of the law.
According to Beloria, the law is set to change people's attitudes about taking care of the environment and also health.
“This would mean a big adjustment for the people but if they cooperate and support the law, the implementation will be smooth and easy,” he said.
Plastic garbage a problem
A big volume of garbage being dumped at the dumpsite consists of plastics.
The people's contribution in the implementation of the law will be a big help in the preservation of the environment.
Councilor Ang said that the enforcement unit is now ready to implement the law regulating the use of non-biodegradable sando bags.
Those who dispose, provide and sell such plastics will no longer be allowed to do so effective Friday morning.
All business establishments such as malls, supermarkets, public markets, satellite markets, market stall, and restaurants including the mobile, transient and ambulant vendors are covered by the ordinance.
“This is a gradual process and we will start our prohibition on the use of the sando bags because these are commonly used. The sando bags are usually used by people when they buy fish, meat and all the products in the market. It is also used in malls, restaurants, supermarkets, among others so this is the kind of plastic that will be regulated by the city.” she said.
She encourages the public to "Bring Your Own Bag" (BYOB) made of fabric, sako bag, net bag, canvass bags, bayong native baskets, among others.
She suggests that those who will go to the wet market should bring a native basket and also an empty ice cream tub for the fish and meat products so that it will not spill in the vehicle when they go home.
For those who buy groceries in bulk, the mall or supermarkets can provide cartons to secure the goods.
Councilor Ang has been going around informing the public of the said ordinance so that the public can prepare for its inevitable implementation. (CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 23, 2012.