[learn_more caption="Photo of New Calamba City Hall Complex" state="open"] Courtesy of wikiCalambeno. Used under license Creative Commons[/learn_more] On August 16, 2010, Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic bags on dry goods. Calamba City Ordinance No. 10-481 also prohibits the use of Styrofoam within the city.
Reasons cited for passing the ordinance were:
- The city government is spending a considerable amount of money on waste disposal
- Plastic bags and Styrofoam clog creeks, canals, rivers and other waterways
- To prevent potential serious ecological imbalance
- Desire to reduce, if not totally eliminate, plastic film bags and Styrofoam as packaging materials
The City also strongly promotes reusable bags, woven bags, cloth bags and other packaging material.
Read the complete article at: Calamba City Plastic Free
Interestingly, the Philippines House of Representatives just voted to regulate plastic bags. Click the link to read the story.
Also, Philippines' Sen. Loren Legarda commended the HOR's actions.