|City Hall, now Plastic Bag and Styrofoam Free|
With the implementation of Ordinance No SP-2127, the use of plastics and other polysterene packaging materials are now prohibited within the the office and the City Hall premises.
In the course of official transactions and work, including program implementation, meetings and other activities, the use of plastics and other polysterene products is prohibited. The utility workers under the Office of the Mayor are directed to report employees who violate the Ordinance to the Chief of Staff.
Violations of the Ordinance for city employees shall merit the imposition of the following disciplinary actions: 1st offense – Written warning from the City Personnel Office; 2nd offense – Written warning the Head of Office; and 3rd offense – Written reprimand plus a two thousand peso fine.
Visitors who violate the Ordinance shall be imposed the following: 1st offense – Warning from deputized Environment Police; 2nd offense – P500.00 fine; and 3rd offense – P2,000.00 fine.
Concessionaires and Vendors on the other hand who violate the Ordinance shall be imposed the following: 1st offense – P500.00 fine; 2nd offense – P1,000.00 fine; and 3rd offense – P2,000.00 fine and cancellation of Business/Operating Permit.
The Ordinance also cover the Novaliches District Center, Quezon City General Hospital and Novaliches District Hospital. The ordinance is part of the comprehensive effort of the Quezon City government to reduce the volume of plastic waste generated by the city. As of now, there is an estimated volume of 719 cu.m or 45 10-wheeler truckload of plastic bags in QC waste stream every single day. The single-plastic bags and their typical disposal create significant litter problems that clog up canals and sewerage systems that cause floods.
The Quezon City government had also passed two environment protection ordinances, the SP-2140 and SP-2130, which aims to effectively regulate the use of plastic bags in the city last April 2012. SP-2140 or the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance regulates the use of plastic bags and establishing an environmental fee for its use. While SP-2130 mandates all business establishments that uses plastic bags to display conspicuously in their stores a notice that encourages their customers to protect the environment by bringing their own recyclable/reusable bags.