The Parañaque City government will no longer allow restaurants and other commercial establishments to utilize single-use plastics starting January 2021.
According to the city government, department stores, supermarkets, public markets, restaurants, hotels, and other establishments will not be allowed to use plastic bags, utensils, styrofoam containers, and disposable straws.
“The ban on the use of plastic in all commercial establishments in the city was originally scheduled on June 2020, but was postponed due the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic,” the Paranaque City government said in a statement.
“The city’s Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) as well as the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BLPO) were tasked to monitor the business establishments to ensure the implementation of the ordinance earlier passed for the purpose,” it added.
Containers and packaging made out of biodegradable such as aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and recyclable plastics may be used to replace the banned materials.
Violators will be fined P5,000 for the first two offenses. For the third offense, the business license of the repeat offendersshall be revoked for one year, according to the ordinance. SOVEREIGNPH