DENR to ban single-use plastic nationwide, Sec. Cimatu says

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will soon release an order that seeks to ban single-use plastics across the country.

On Thursday, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu told the reporters in a forum in Taguig City that the department is about to complete the order probably within the next two weeks.

Moreover, the order would also include the recycling of plastics.

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He cited that the Philippines placed as the third-highest source of plastic pollution in the ocean with an estimated 2.7 million metric tons of waste. 

Having these statistics, Cimatu said that the country needs to improve its solid waste management practices.

As quoted from a 2019 report of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Sec. Cimatu mentioned that out of 178 local government units in Metro Manila, Region III, and Region IV-A, only 140 have an approved solid waste management plan. 

Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte, amid issues of climate change, mulls over banning the use of plastics in the country.

This would help as the country now faces ‘garbage crisis’, according to Cimatu.

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