Blast those plastic bags!

We used to tease a colleague for keeping used plastic bags under her office desk.I take part in the teasing, though I do it as a form of endearment. I, myself, try to keep my plastic bag usage to a minimum. So, to that friend and colleague, you might be interested in this bit of news from our Congress:

Report by Dino Maragay (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com):

MANILA, Philippines – A bill has been filed in Congress seeking to impose an excise tax on plastic bags — with the purpose of discouraging shoppers from using these non-biodegradable packaging materials.

House Bill 4134 pushes for the imposition of a P2.50 excise tax on every plastic bag. According to Rep. Al Bichara, the bill’s author, this will prompt shoppers to opt for environment-friendly alternatives.

“Aside from the fact that plastic bags are made of petrochemicals — a non renewable resource, plastic bags are not biodegradable. A person’s use of plastic bags may be counted in minutes, but plastic bags take between 15 years to 1,000 years to breakdown in the environment,” Bichara said.

Bichara said the excise tax on plastic bags will be funneled to an “environmental protection support fund.” The measure also plans to use the tax to fund anti-pollution projects, and develop eco-friendly waste management and landfill systems.

Under the measure, however, plastic bags used as original packaging of fresh fish and fish products, fresh meat and fresh meat products, fresh poultry and fresh poultry products — as well as plastic bags used to contain fruits, nuts or vegetables, confectionery, dairy products, cooked food, whether cold or hot, or ice — would be exempted.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Blast those plastic bags!

  1. & what about plastic bottles?

    1. it takes more than 400 years for a plastic bottle to decompose
    2. plastic bottles contain dangerous chemicals hazardous to our health
    3. Plastic is poisoning our oceans – http://www.physorg.com/news169927772.html

    The best thing to do in my opinion is to get this issue into awareness & try to get as many people as possible active.

    This may be a partial solution to the problem: http://www.worldwithoutbottles.com/
    Furthermore, we should put more efforts into recycling in a global view of things.

    A person who cares A LOT

    Like

  2. Hi, plasticdave. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Yes, it does require more effort from all sides (citizens, government, organizations) to find at least a decent solution to the growing problem of environmental degradation. Every little deed counts, including this move from Congress.

    It goes without saying that all materials made of harmful plastics should be considered as part of the problem. I said “harmful” because I believe not all plastics are made from materials that contribute to the environment’s degradation.

    Check this out:
    http://www.ppcp.org.ph/poly.htm

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s