Plastic Printers may soon become obsolete here in Davao City, when the plastic and polystyrene foam, aka styrofoam, ban takes effect on 28 June, Thursday.
The Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009, written in compliance with Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program, enumerates waste segregation procedures as well as the penalties involved for non-compliance.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) will be implementing the ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags and Polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers starting June 28. The ban is in accordance with the provisions of the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009 or City Ordinance 0361 series of 2010 (Section 7, Article V) which only permits recyclable and biodegradable plastic bags and containers.
CENRO chief Atty. Joseph Felizarta said that some biodegradable plastic bags are already being sold in the market or are used by supermarkets and big department stores. He said that one major test of a biodegradable plastic is that it turns brittle when exposed to temperatures reaching 80 degrees Celsius.
Almost a year ago, the “No Segregation, No Collection Policy” was implemented in Davao City. Since then CENRO has reported that daily garbage collected in the city has been reduced by as much as 100 tons (per day).