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Cynthia Villar wants single-use plastics banned

Cynthia Villar wants single-use plastics banned

Sen. Cynthia Villar has filed a bill that will ban single-use plastics to minimize pollution in the country.

Under Senate Bill No. 333 or the Single-Use Plastic Product Regulation Act of 2019, the manufacturing, importation, and use of single-use plastic products will be regulated.

Issuance of the single-use plastics by food establishments, stores, markets, and retailers will be prohibited while consumers will also be diverted to use reusable materials. Manufacturers will be mandated to collect, recycle and dispose of single-use plastics that are in circulation in the market.

Importation of single-use plastics will no longer be allowed, too.

Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said the enactment of the bill is urgent in the face of a study showing the country as the world’s 3rd largest producer of plastic wastes that end up in the oceans.

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