By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – The local government of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental urged all sellers of beverages and coolers to follow the “No plastic policy” which took effect on March 12, 2021.
Mayor Renato Gustilo issued a notice on March 10, reiterating the strict enforcement of the policy due to rampant violations.
Gustilo stressed that utilization of plastic cups and plastic drinking straws will be prohibited whether dine in or take out.
Gustilo said that the city had observed various violations of City Ordinance 18-87, known as “An Ordinance Regulating The use of plastic cellophane, and sando bags as packaging materials, and utilization of polystyrene, commonly known as styrofoam, for food and beverage containers in the city, and prescribing penalties thereof,” among the sellers amid the pandemic.
He cited the proliferation of plastic wastes while the city has been lenient due to the pandemic, which are getting worse and most of the people no longer observe proper disposal and non-use of plastics.
He warned them that appropriate legal actions, including issuance of citation tickets, shall be undertaken against violators.
It was in 2018 when the city no longer welcomed the use of plastic bags in public markets.