By: Manila Bulletin
Single-use plastics and disposable materials will soon be banned in Quezon City’s hotels and restaurants, according to mayor Joy Belmonte, once the City Ordinance No. 2876, is approved.
The ordinance prohibits the distribution and/or use of single-use plastics/disposable materials, including cutlery for dine-in purposes in these establishments.
Belmonte is optimistic that there will be a significant drop in the volume of residual and plastic waste in the city once the Implementing Rules and Regulations of this ordinance are duly promulgated.
The following penalties will be imposed on non-compliant hotels and restaurants: 1) a fine of P1,000 for the first offense; 2) a fine of P3,000 for the second offense, revocation of Environmental Clearance and issuance of a Cease and Desist Order; and 3) a fine of P5,000, revocation of Business Permit and issuance of a Closure Order.
Based on Quezon City’s Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) conducted in 2013, 0.81% of the 9.64 % of “recyclable plastic waste” generated by the city is comprised of single-use cutlery, including plastic cups, spoons and forks, which is equivalent to 2.6 tons per day or approximately one (1) truck load of a mini-dump truck.
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