Last September 2010, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Pasig launched the City Ordinance No. 09-2010 – An Ordinance banning the use of PLASTIC/STYROFOAM.
Plastic bags are very popular with both retailers as well as consumers because they are cheap, strong, lightweight, functional, as well as a hygienic means of carrying food as well as other goods. Even though they are one of the modern conveniences that we seem to be unable to do without, they are responsible for causing pollution, killing wildlife, and using up the precious resources of the earth.
Plastic bags are often made from polyethylene, which consists of long chains of ethylene monomers. Ethylene is derived from natural gas and petroleum.
According to Vincent Cobb a seller of reusable bags, each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed of. The same properties that have made plastic bags so commercially successful and ubiquitous—namely their low weight and resistance to degradation—have also contributed to their proliferation in the environment. Due to their durability, plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose. As they slowly decompose, plastic bags break into tiny pieces and leech toxic chemicals into soils, lakes, rivers, and oceans.
On land, plastic bags are one of the most prevalent types of litter in inhabited areas, becoming an eyesore to local residents. At their worst, plastic bags can clog drainage systems and contribute to flooding.
In lieu with this, we have advised all our vendors to START LIMITING THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS and look for other alternatives such as brown paper bags, eco bags, etc.
The Organizers of Banchetto will support the local government’s Green City Program in Helping SAVE the ENVIRONMENT in our own little way.
Effective AUGUST 15, Banchetto will strictly implement NO PLASTIC BAGS POLICY in Banchetto LIBIS, FORUM, and MEGATENT!
We would like to again ask for your support on this campaign. Thank you very much and see you all in Banchetto!