Dou­bling down on plas­tics ban

Cebu Daily News - - OPINION -

Cebu City Hall's plans to amend its plas­tics ban or­di­nance to em­u­late that of Man­daue City is a small recog­ni­tion of Man­daue City Hall's ef­forts to sub­stan­tially re­duce its plas­tics garbage out­put to a sub­stan­tial level that can help de­clog its canals and re­duce the size of its dump­site.

Plas­tic wastes had con­sti­tuted one of the largest, if not the largest num­ber of byprod­ucts found in the dump­sites and land­fill sites of most mod­ern cities in the world in­clud­ing the cities of Cebu and Man­daue in Metro Cebu.

But it is Man­daue City that had taken into heart the sever­ity of the prob­lem by im­pos­ing a 24/7 plas­tics ban on its city res­i­dents who are com­pelled to use con­tain­ers and re­duce their de­pen­dence on the use of plas­tics to cover their food and other needs.

There are cer­tain prod­ucts that still use plas­tic in some form such as medicines but they are more the ex­cep­tion than the rule in Man­daue City. Though the city govern­ment has yet to pro­duce sta­tis­tics, there will be lit­tle doubt that the plas­tics ban or­di­nance is gain­ing some head­way there.

Else, why would the Cebu City govern­ment look to Man­daue City Hall in re­con­sid­er­ing amend­ments to its plas­tics ban or­di­nance which is lim­i­terd to pro­hibit­ing plas­tics use dur­ing Wed­nes­days and Satur­days?

Again, it has to be pointed out that a strict plas­tics ban had long been prac­ticed and en­forced in most mod­ern cities and towns through­out the world and it is helped in no small part by a con­certed global ef­fort by en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates to raise public aware­ness on the dan­gers posed by plas­tic wastes in the world's oceans and wa­ter­ways.

In con­sid­er­ing to im­ple­ment a 24/7 plas­tics ban, the Cebu City govern­ment may have seen it for it­self the large vol­ume of plas­tic wastes in the un­col­lected heaps of garbage found in some nooks and cor­ners in the city.

To be fair, the Cebu City govern­ment had made ef­forts to im­ple­ment re­cy­cling of plas­tics and some barangays like Barangay Luz had made a liveli­hood out of sell­ing prod­ucts made from re­cy­cled plas­tics.

But again, these ef­forts aren't enough to stop the clog­ging of canals that had seen bet­ter days and are in­ca­pable of stop­ping the flood­wa­ters that are sure to in­con­ve­nience mo­torists and com­muters alike in the com­ing days.

Along with a strict en­force­ment of the plas­tics ban, lo­cal of­fi­cials should ag­gres­sively pro­mote a mind­set to re­cy­cle and limit plas­tics use among their con­stituents in order to en­sure ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion and re­sult in cleaner streets and roads.

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