The Dumaguete City government plans to amend its anti-plastics ordinance that took effect August 2012 after noting observations that many business establishments continue to disregard it.
City Administrator William Ablong yesterday met with Environment and Natural Resources officer Rey Awayan, Solid Waste Management coordinator Armand Adanza and other local officials to review the loopholes in the ordinance.
One of these is a provision that requires a certification from an international scientific body as proof that the plastic bags used by business establishments are indeed biodegradable.
He was referring to plastic bags marked “biodegradable” that has become the bone of contention between the city government and the business sector, because of the lack of certification.
The departments of Environment and Natural Resources and of Science and Technology have informed the city that they do not have the expertise to certify that such plastic bags contain a component that is biodegradable.*JFP
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