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Bring your own reusable bag! Joy Belmonte: QC’s ban on plastic bags to resume on March 1 2021

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The Quezon City government will resume the implementation of the city-wide ban on plastic bags starting March 1, 2021, Mayor Joy Belmonte said Saturday, February 13.

The city already implemented the ban in January 2020 after the passage of City Ordinance 2868-2019. However, the prohibition was temporarily lifted in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our call to action is also in fulfillment of the City’s international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resilience. With the re-implementation of the plastic bag ban, we hope to promote sustainable practices in the city,” Belmonte said.

All shopping malls, supermarkets, fast food chains, drug stores and other retailers registered under the Business Permits and Licensing Department should cease the distribution and/or provision of plastic bags to their customers.

“We will not allow the retailers to use plastic bags anymore at the check out counters. Kailangan nang magdala ng mamimili ng sarili nilang reusable bags,” Belmonte said.

Starting July 1, 2021, the ban on plastic bags will also cover restaurants and hotels. Retail stores and groceries can use brown paper bags but only up until 2022.