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oct04.2013_bSolon bats for gradual phase-out of plastic bags

oct04.2013_bSolon bats for gradual phase-out of plastic bags

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Solon bats for gradual phase-out of plastic bags
 
A lawmaker from Mindanao is seeking the gradual phase out of plastic bags, whichhave been a major cause of pollution and flooding especially in the urban areas.Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun (1
st
District, Agusan del Norte) filed House Bill 359or the Plastic Bag Regulation Act of 2013, which mandates the regulated production,importation, sale and use of plastic bags while providing for the transition to the use of  biodegradable plastic bags in every commercial establishment.The bill also requires the establishments to provide an in-store recovery program,which shall give their customers an opportunity to return their used plastic bags for collection, transportation, recycling and disposal by local government units concerned.Under the bill, non-biodegradable plastic bags shall be gradually phased out withina period of three years from the effectivity of the act. After three years, the production,importation, sale, distribution, provision or use of the non-biodegradables shall be banned.The establishments will then be required to promote and make available for sale thelocally-made
bayong 
,
buli
and other reusable bags made of abaca, water lily and other organic or compostable materials.A fine not exceeding P100,000 shall be imposed on establishments for the firstoffense; P250,000 for the second offense and P500,000 for the third offense. A fine of notexceeding P750,000 and automatic revocation of their business permit shall be imposedfor the fourth offense.Fortun said “the unrelenting use of plastic bags has been a major cause not only of litter, waste and pollution, but also of floods, especially in the urban areas, that haveclaimed countless lives, injured many and destroyed properties.”“Plastic bags clog our canals, drainages and other waterways. The waste and pollution they bring about have caused destruction to marine life and disruption of our eco-system,” Fortun said.However, he lamented that the use of plastic bags continues despite the adverseeffects on environment.Citing data from the United States Environmental Protection, Fortun said “500 billion to 1 trillion of plastic bags are used every year around the world or an average of 150 plastic bags per person every year.”
NR # 3246BOCT. 04, 2013

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