No To Plastic Bags, Styrofoam

By Ellalyn Da Vera, The Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Environmental groups on Wednesday expressed support for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) plea for a metro-wide ban on plastic bags and Styrofoam.

EcoWaste Coalition’s Task Force Plastics Troy Lacsamana said it is time the rest of Metro Manila’s local governments, particularly Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Marikina, Navotas, Parañaque, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan and Valenzuela joined other municipalities in addressing plastic pollution.

“Instead of wasting funds in the unsustainable practice of keeping up with plastic-aggravated effects of changed rain patterns, let’s focus on changing our behavior towards plastic – let’s reduce our dependence on disposable products,” Lacsamana said.

In 2006, 2010, and 2011, waste audits conducted by EcoWaste Coalition, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Greenpeace, Mother Earth Foundation and other eco-groups revealed plastics products—led by plastic bags—to be the top detritus in terms of volume in Manila Bay and Laguna Lake. Read More.

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