Plastic bags bawal na sa SM, retail stores, atbp.

MAHIGPIT nang ipagbabawal ang paggamit ng non-reusable plastic bags sa SM Malls kabilang ang lahat ng retail store sa buong bansa kapag naisabatas ang panukala ni Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago na nag-babawal sa paggamit ng single-use, throw-away bags.

“This bill bans single-use, throw-away plastic bags, and creates incentives for the promotion and use of reusable bags,” ayon kay Santiago sa Senate Bill No. 3233 na inihain nitong Lunes.

“It is considered one of the most common forms of litter, pollution, and waste? Plastic bags do not just create visual pollution problems, they are also the cause of major flooding in urban areas since they clog canals, drainages, and waterways. As a common form of pollution, they have harmful effects on aquatic and terrestrial animals as they cannot be digested by such animals easily,” paliwanag ni Santiago.

Sinabi ni Santiago na mahigpit nang ipagbabawal ang paggamit ng single-use, throw-away carry-out bags kahit anong uri ng materyales tulad ng plastic, papel at cornstarch kabilang ang green carry-out bags na ibinebenta ng SM.

“Instead, it may provide the customer with a reusable bag for a reasonable price; provided, the customer did not bring his or her own shopping bag. Such fee shall be determined by the Department in consultation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). No store shall be a source of supply of a single-use, throw-away bag for a customer,” paliwanag niya.

Hindi naman kasali sa panukala ang packaging ng karne, isda, gulay, prutas at tinapay at katulad na uri.

Sa ilalim ng Section 5, nagtakda ang panukala ng parusa sa mga lalabag, tulad ng:
First offense – A fine of P20,000.00; second offense – a fine of PI00,000.00 and
suspension of their business permit for six months and third offense – a fine of P5OO,OOO.OO, suspension of their business permit for a period of one year and the operator of the store will be required to attend a two-day forum on environment protection to be conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in cooperation with an accredited pro-environment non-government organization.

“Continuous offense after the third offense shall cause the revocation of the store’s business license,” ayon sa panukala.

Bibigyan naman ng tax incentives ang lahat ng tindahan na tutupad sa panukala.

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