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Muntinlupa officially bans plastic and styrofoam

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The city began enforcing Ordinance No. 10-109,Last Tuesday, which prohibits the use of plastic bags on dry goods, regulates their use for wet goods, and prohibits the use of styrofoam or styropor, usually used for foodstuff.

This action is the first in Metro Manila, prompting Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis N. Tolentino to laud the city.

"I laud the City Government of Muntinlupa, under the visionary leadership of Mayor Aldrin San Pedro for initiating this bold move for the sake of our environment," Tolentino said.

The MMDA chairman noted  that he would encourage other cities and one municipality comprising Metro Manila to do the same. He also urged other mayors throughout the country to do the same.

"The MMDA strongly encourages local government units to adopt similar strong measures such as these to combat the dangerous effects of environmental degradation which leads to massive flooding and climate change," Tolentino said, noting that the damages wrought by typhoon Ondoy on Metro Manila and its neighboring towns and cities reached up to $4 billion. "The tragic loss of lives and loved ones is unquantifiable," he added.

The Muntinlupa City Council decided to implement since  flash floods in the city were due to disposed plastic bags and other non-biodegradable containers clogging the canals, 3 creeks, 11 rivers and other waterways that all drain into the nearby Laguna Lake.

If caught violating the ordinance,  you will be meted with a fine. Business establishments found guilty of violating it may have their business licenses cancelled for up to one year.