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Philippines considers country-wide bag ban

Bill proposes hefty penalties for plastic bag violations

April 7, 2011  By Erika.Beauchesne@rci.rogers.com


MANILA, PHILIPPINES—A senator in the Philippines is planning to implement a country-wide ban on plastic bags, according to international media.

Senate Bill 2759 was put forth by Senator Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Climate Change.

If passed, the Total Plastic Bag Ban Act of 2011 would outlaw all non-biodegradable plastic bags. It would apply to all retail and grocery stores, restaurants and food chains. Violations could result in penalties ranging from P$10,000 to $200,000. Repeats offenders could temporarily lose their business permits.

The Philippines wouldn’t be the first to introduce such a law. Earlier this year, Italy imposed a nationwide ban on the bags. Similar measures have also been implemented across North America.

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