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Bawal na ang plastik! Iloilo to ban plastics July 1

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Starting July 1, plastics will be banned in all establishments in Iloilo City, with traders now getting a two-month grace period to prepare.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said Regulation Ordinance No. 2013-403 regulates the use of non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags.

“We’re giving establishments a couple of months to prepare. By July 1, we’re going to implement the no plastic ordinance in the city of Iloilo,” Mabilog said (https://thedailyguardian.net/local-news/total-ban-plastics-starts-july-1/).

Covered by the ordinance are sari-sari stores, market vendors, hawkers or bolanteros, supermarkets, department stores/malls, groceries or restaurants, canteens, fast-food chains, bakeries, coffee shops, hotels, catering services, and similar establishments.

In 2013, the city started efforts to eliminate non-biodegradable plastics for four years. This year, the city is to fully implement the measure.

Under the ordinance, some food may be packed using plastic bags with no handles, holes or strings, provided they do not exceed eight inches in width and 12 inches in length.

Food items in the exempted list are those with liquid consistency; flour, sugar, coffee, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, ice, and ice candy.

Meanwhile, the ordinance encourages the use of alternative packaging materials such as reusable bags, woven bags, cloth bags, rattan baskets, shopping bags made of recycled waste paper, and other bags made of biodegradable materials.

Establishments are to provide incentives to encourage the use of alternative packaging materials.

Violators face a P500 fine and confiscation of non-biodegradable plastics for the first offense; and a P700 fine and confiscation of non-biodegradable plastic bags, and suspension of business permit for one week for the second offense.

Third-time offenders face a P1,000 fine, confiscation of plastic bags, and cancellation of business permit.