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article imageOp-Ed: Makati CBD enforces city-wide plastic ban

By Maria Elisa Anacay     Jun 19, 2013 in Environment
Makati - Makati Central Business District (CBD) is home to thousands of organizations and establishments. As the local government implements a city-wide plastic ban, how will this affect the countless workers and organizations in the area?
Over 17,500 establishments are expected to cull their usage of non-biodegradable packaging materials such as plastics and Styrofoam on June 20, 2013. This is in accordance with City Ordinance No. 2003-095, the Solid Waste Management Code of the City of Makati.
While the ordinance was enacted over a decade ago, the clause for "Use of Environment-Friendly Materials" was given a nine-year grace period to help establishments implement plans for compliance. Though this ended on the last day of 2012, the Executive Order (EO) No. 007 series of 2012 extended the grace period with the new implementation date of June 20.
For strict compliance
To ensure that the ordinance will be implemented, 49 Plastic Monitoring Task Forces (PMTF), headed by Makati's Department of Environmental Sciences, will be deployed tomorrow. The PMTF is in charge of recognizing violations and administering proper sanctions within the scope of the ordinance. This includes having properly labeled "Plastic Bag Recovery Bin" at the establishments' entrances and exits.
What it means
This news comes at a hard time for many Makati commuters, given the rainy season. Most employees purchase breakfast during the morning rush hour in nearby fast food joints within the area. A brown paper bag could easily disintegrate under the steady torrents of a rain shower.
In light of this news, Makati workers are then encouraged to bring their own drinking paraphernalia in the form of tumblers, mugs, and glasses. Frequent shoppers should also invest in durable bags.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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