VIZCAYA APPROVES REGULATION OF PLASTIC USE
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The provincial government approved the Plastic Regulation Ordinance of Nueva Vizcaya to reduce the use of plastic in the province in support of the Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP). Gov. Carlos Padilla said approval of the plastics ordinance is aimed to lessen plastics pollution and promote environmental protection for the benefit of public health and safety. Other than biodegradable, the ordinance covers all types of plastics that end up as residual waste. Padilla said the plastics ordinance does not cover those that have economic value through resource recovery and which can be re-used and recycled. These include those that form part of a product such as semi- conductors and electronic products, except as container or packaging material. A fine of P1,000 up to P5,000 plus imprisonment of not more than six months for individuals, and possible cancellation of business license or an institution to operate for one year, will be imposed against violators. Under the ordinance, those who will be found littering, illegally dumping and disposing of plastic wastes and other garbage will also be penalized with a fine or imprisonment or both.