Cordova to ban use of plastic on Wednesdays, Saturdays

TO REDUCE pollution and garbage in Cordova town in Mactan Island, Cebu, Mayor Cesar Suan signed an ordinance regulating the use of plastic.

A study conducted by the local government unit showed that it has a hard time managing the volume of plastic garbage in the town.

It said plastic takes a long time to decompose, which can threaten the environment and affect the town’s tourism industry.

According to the ordinance, all shops and residents cannot use plastic on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

During those days, they will have to use paper bags, rattan bags, net bags or eco bags for shopping. Products already wrapped in plastic such as vinegar, soy sauce, ice water and ice candy, among others, are exempted.

The mayor said small businesses caught violating the ordinance can face a fine of P500 to P1,500; medium businesses, P1,000 to P2,000; and large businesses, P1,500 to P2,500.

Apart from the fine, Suan said the Municipality will suspend or revoke the violator’s business permit depending on the violation committed. (ANV)