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QC bans single-use plastics in hotels, restos

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The Quezon City Council has approved an ordinance banning the use of throw-away plates, spoons, forks, cups and other plastic and paper disposables for dining.

Ordinance No. 2876 which prohibits the distribution and/or use of single-use plastics/disposable materials, including cutlery for dine-in purposes, in all hotels and restaurants in Quezon City.

Among the single-use and disposable materials not allowed for dine-in customers in the city’s hotels and restaurants are plastic spoons, forks and knives; plastic/paper cups, plates, straws, stirrers; and Styrofoam.

Hotels are further prohibited from distributing bar and liquid soaps, shampoos and conditioners, shower gels, and other items used for hygienic purposes in sachets and single-use containers.

The ordinance was introduced by District I Councilor Dorothy Delarmente and co-introduced by 35 other councilors representing all of the city’s six congressional districts.

“The local government of Quezon City is taking this action to prevent and reduce the generation of waste materials that are hardly recovered and recycled, and to promote sustainable practices, especially in the city’s thriving hotel and restaurant industry,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The following penalties will be imposed on non-compliant hotels and restaurants: 1) a fine of PHP1,000 for the first offense; 2) a fine of PHP3,000 for the second offense, revocation of Environmental Clearance and issuance of a Cease and Desist Order; and 3) a fine of PHP5,000, revocation of Business Permit and issuance of a Closure Order.

The Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) and the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) are mandated to ensure compliance of hotels and restaurants to the provisions of the Ordinance, with the Environmental Inspectors of the EPWMD tasked to issue Environmental Violation Receipts (EVRs) to violators.