Eco groups push for law to stop ‘plastic pollution’
ENVIRONMENTAL advocates have asked lawmakers to ratify a law that control the reckless use and disposal of plastic bags.
The EcoWaste Coalition has pushed for a law that would prevent the continuous “plastic pollution” in the country.
“The push for a robust legislation on plastic bags is totally justified given the widespread contamination of the environment from the unabated production, use and disposal of plastic bags,” the group said.
The groups also appealed to the lawmakers to support the “Ondoy Act” to end the plastic pollution in the communities.
Among those policies that the groups seek for are the ban of free plastic bags distribution in commercial establishments; imposition of plastic bag environmental tax; total ban of the plastic bags; and prohibition of the importation of plastic bags and other single-use disposables.
The group also asked the lawmakers to reinforce the prohibition against littering, dumping and burning of plastic waste; put up livelihood programs in the countryside to support the production of bayong and other reusable bags from native materials; provide continuing public education on the health, environmental and climate impacts of plastic bags among others.
The advocates said “plastic bags end up mostly in the seas and dumpsites where they take a long period of time to break into miniscule bits of toxic chemicals, polluting the soil and water as well as the food chain when animals mistake them for food.” CBCP News