Provincial Ordinance No. 2012-09:
The said ordinance prohibits the Bulakenyos to buy, sell and use non-biodegradable plastic bags, styrofoam and other kinds as packaging materials in the 21 towns and 3 cities in the province.
In addition, burning and disposal of the said materials is also prohibited.
However, oxo biodegradable plastic made from polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene as wrapper of wet goods is an exemption to the law.
As stated in the ordinance, violators will face a fine of P3, 000 to P5, 000 or imprisonment of not less than six months to one year while for those who doesn’t have the capacity to pay the fine must serve the community through environment-related services for three months or longer upon the discretion of the court.
Further, all commercial establishments, stores and markets alike will be given 15 days after the posting of the said ordinance to comply to avoid retraction of their business permits.
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