Antique mayor Untaran mulls single-use plastic tax

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San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran of Antique province wants the municipal council to legislate the imposition of tax for single-use plastics to encourage consumer reuse

Untaran made the proposal as he cited the Let’s Care Foundation study that the volume of plastic waste generation in the town reaches 33,396 kilograms per week.

Plastics, considered recyclable and residual waste, compose a big portion of garbage collected by the barangays and the municipality.

Untaran urged the municipal council committee on environmental protection, natural resources, ecology and development to come up with a legislation on the regulation of the single-use plastics and mineral bottles.

“An ordinance regulating the single-use of plastics could help reduce the waste generated in our municipality,” he said.