Friday, February 25, 2011

No Plastics Please!

At least in Muntinlupa...

City Ordinance 10-109 entitled “An Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Plastic Bags on Dry Goods, Regulating its Utilization on Wet Goods and Prohibiting the Use of Styrofoam/Styrophor in the City of Muntinlupa” will take effect on January 18 after a year-long moratorium since it was approved last year to give stakeholders ample time to adjust and conform.

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I've saw this ordinance early this year but I never thought it'll be implemented. Well, I had hope it would since it's good for the environment but I was really doubtful.

I had quite a surprise when my husband came home a few weeks ago with my Jollibee takeout (been craving for their burger steaks) on a brown bag. I was like "What's in that bag? Where's my Burger Steak?" Hmm... so they finally decided to implement the ban on plastic bag. I hope it'll last long.

I'm not going to enumerate or tackle it's environmental relevance since I think most of us are aware anyway. Anyway, Muntinlupa city also launched the “Bring Your Own Bag/Bayong (BYOB)" campaign so I was happy that I would be able to use my reusable cloth bag (also my Christmas gifts for my girlfriends). They're so useful and more convenient than the brown bag or the boxes that are used when buying groceries.

I guess the only thing that I didn't like are the brown bags. It can easily get torn. I hate it when I buy wet goods from the market or at least drinks from 7-11, it gets soggy and can't support the items. Oh well, it's just a manner of getting used to it anyway.

I live and work in Alabang, Muntinlupa but I'm still loyal to my home town, Las Pinas. At times when I feel my taxes just go straight to politicians' pockets, it's nice to know that there are still decent local politicians who actually care for the people and our environment. I'm not sure if this is being implemented in any other cities in Metro Manila but I hope other cities would follow soon. Possible, right?