Phillipines’ Legarda Files Total Plastic Bag Ban Act

Phillipines’ Legarda Files Total Plastic Bag Ban Act
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Sen. Loren Legarda has filed Senate Bill 2759, the Total Plastic Bag Ban Act of 2011 in the Phillipines.

Sen. Legarda, a dedicated environmentalist, and currently Chairwoman of the Climate Change Oversight Committee of the Senate, has co-authored several laws on environmental protection.

Sen. Legarda was a strong supporter for passage of the landmark legislation Climate Change Law in 2009. This law is considered a model for other nations.

The objective of Senate Bill 2759 is to curb pollution and help the nation manage its ecological resources more wisely. Sen. Legarda's Total Plastic Bag Ban Act of 2011 would create a total ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags throughout the entire country.

If passed, the bill would prevent the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags by supermarkets, grocery stores, restaurants, department stores, and retail establishments as well as other similar stores.

Sen. Legarda stated, "Plastic bags end up as litter as it makes its way to landfills, drainages and bodies of water, taking decades to decompose and damaging marine life when dumped in the sea. This issue of pollution is further aggravated by natural hazards, which have become unpredictable due to climate change."

You can learn more about Sen. Loren Legarda and the Total Plastic Bag Ban Act of 2011 by visiting Sen. Legarda's website.

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