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Ipatupad na kasi ang batas: Group finds lead in plastic bags sold in Manila

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Here’s something for Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to crack down on: plastic bags with potentially toxic lead being sold in the city.

The EcoWaste Coalition said many of the yellow plastic sando bags have lead of above 1,000 parts per million (ppm).

It also urged Estrada to enforce City Ordinance 8282, signed by Estrada’s predecessor – and political foe – Alfredo Lim in 2012 but which it said is “sadly gathering dust.” .

City Ordinance 8282 bans the use of plastic bags for dry goods and regulates their use for wet goods.

The group said it 35 packs of assorted brands of yellow plastic sando bags from July 29 to Aug. 1 in Divisoria, Paco and Quiapo.

It then tested them for lead content with an XRF device.

EcoWaste also called on Manila to enforce its plastic bag ban, and for Congress to enact a national law banning plastic bags.