Several environment-friendly initiatives that aim to reduce plastic consumption have sprung up in the Philippines, such as a plastic-free wet market in La Union and even a single-use plastic-free city hall in Cebu. But this newest eco-friendly development take things to a national level on July 5, Senator Risa Hontiveros filed Senate Bill No. 1866, also known as the Plastic Straw and Stirrer Ban of 2018. The bill seeks to ban the use of single-use plastic straws, drink stirrers, and similar non-biodegradable materials in restaurants and food establishments nationwide.
Senator Loren Legarda also filed a similar bill in 2016. Senate Bill No. 430, or the Plastic Bags Regulation Act, hopes to regulate and minimize the use of disposable plastic bags in the country.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
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