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A new Senate measure calls for the outlawing of single-use plastics.

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In support of the urgent adoption of a national regulation banning single-use plastics, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda joined the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and environmental organizations as the nation observed National Zero Waste Month and the 22nd anniversary of the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act this month.

According to a news release on Monday, Legarda introduced a measure last year that calls for the control and regulation of single-use plastics through fines, taxes, and incentives for businesses and consumers.

According to the law, businesses must ensure that single-use plastics that cannot be avoided are recycled, and consumers must pay PHP5 for each single-use plastic that has already been produced and is now in use.

The amount collected shall be indicated in the official receipt, with 20% going to the business entity to cover costs and 80% going to the Special Plastic Fund that will be established by the bill on a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual basis.

Using single-use plastics by commercial establishments and consumers is forbidden after a year.

“The solution to the issue of single-use plastics will be provided by this action, which will also stimulate the creation and usage of more environmentally friendly goods and packaging. We will continue to advocate against single-use plastics and promote conversations about programs that advance practical, verifiable, and long-term solutions to the nation’s plastic pollution crisis “Legarda made this statement on Monday during the opening ceremony of the #PlasticFreePilipinasSaSenate photo exhibit.

Single-use plastics are prohibited at national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and any other government controlled-offices, according to the National Solid Waste Management Commission.

Disposable plastics such as straws, stirrers, utensils, meal wrappers, grocery bags, instant food packing, lids, drinking bottles, and caps are not permitted within the CCC’s office buildings during official meetings, conferences, and other events.

The ESWM requires LGUs to take primary responsibility for the barangay (village) level segregation and collection of solid waste, particularly for biodegradable, compostable, and reusable wastes.

The municipality or city is in charge of collecting special trash and non-recyclable materials.

In the absence of radical new policies, the global consumption of plastics will increase from 460 million tons (MT) in 2019 to 1,231 MT in 2060, according to an OECD report from last year.

The analysis stated that although OECD countries will still produce significantly more plastic garbage per person (238 kilograms per year on average) than non-OECD countries (77 kilograms) in 2060, growth will be quickest in developing and growing nations in Africa and Asia.

To raise awareness of the issue with single-use plastics, the Senate picture show includes a screening of the documentaries “The Story of Plastic” and “Ang Huling (The Last) Plastic.”

The videos will be shown on February 2 and 9, and a picture exhibit and Zero Waste Bazaar that will highlight effective substitutes for single-use plastics will continue until February 22.

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