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City plastic bags ordinance
implementation set to start

The plastic bag regulation ordinance, that was approved on October 5, will be fully implemented in Bacolod City starting tomorrow after the lapse of the one-year moratorium, Councilor Em Ang, its author, said yesterday.

Ang said the team of Cesar Beloria, head of the City Legal Composite Enforcement unit, is ready to implement the law with the Technical Working Group.

She said all business establishments such as malls, supermarkets, public markets, satellite markets, market stall, restaurants including the mobile, transient and ambulant vendors are covered by this ordinance.

Those who dispose, provide and sell plastics will no longer be allowed effective tomorrow morning, she said. The law also prohibits the use of non-biodegradable sando bags, she said.

The implementation of the law will be a gradual process and will start by prohibiting the use of sando bags commonly used when people buy fish, meat and all the products in the market.

Ang suggested those who go to the wet market bring a native basket and also an empty ice cream tub for fish and meat products.

Ang said that people need to go back to the basic way of life to will help minimize plastic wastes because it is harmful to the environment and also to health.

She appealed to the public for their full cooperation for the smooth transition from the use of sando plastic bags to green and re-usable bags.*CGS

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