Published: Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Boracay Bans Plastic Bags & Styrofoam Containers Starting July 15

Travelers to Boracay are warned not to bring plastic bags/packaging and styrofoam containers. Boaracay will start implementing a plastic and styrofoam ban starting July 15 in a bid to reduce trash, especially non-recyclable containers, into the popular tourist destination.

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Plastics and styrofoam banned in Boracay starting July 15. (Dr. Andy Nazarechuk photo)

The LGU of Malay in Aklan, which Boracay is a part of, is set ti implement a five-year old ordinance to minimize the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam. Under the ordinance, use of plastic bags for dry goods is strictly prohibited while use on wet goods will be regulated. Styrofoam containers, meanwhile, is completely banned in the municipality.

As such, the ban encourages the use of alternative and eco-friendly packaging materials such as reusable bags, woven bags, cloth bags, paper bags, and other bags made of biodegradable materials.

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But, according to GMA News, the full implementation will be done in January 2018. Starting July 15, plastic bags ans styro containers will merely be confiscated. But beginning 2018, penalties will be imposed on violators as such: PHP1,000 for the first offense; PHP1,500 in second offense and PHP2,500 and imprisonment of not less than one month nor more than six months or both for the third offense.

For business establishment caught violating the ordinance, the penalty will be more severe: cancellation of their permit to operate for a period of one year.

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