San Carlos City strictly enforces ‘No plastic policy’

BACOLOD CITY – The city government of San Carlos in Negros Occidental has reiterated its call to all vendors of beverages and coolers to strictly enforce the “No plastic policy” starting Friday, March 12, due to rampant violations.

This was stated in the notice issued by Mayor Renato Gustilo Wednesday, following observation of various violations of City Ordinance 18-87, “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 beverages containers in the city, and prescribing penalties thereof.”

Gustilo said in the notice that violating the ordinance resulted to 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 emphasized to the sellers that utilization of plastic cups and plastic drinking straws will be prohibited whether dine in or take out.

Gustilo warned them that appropriate legal actions, including issuance of citation tickets, shall be undertaken against violators.

The city banned the use of plastic bags in public markets in 2018.