'No plastic bag day' starts in November

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 30 2010 12:05 AM | Updated as of Sep 30 2010 08:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Plastic bags in supermarkets will no longer be free on certain days starting November.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the campaign is part of efforts to limit the use of plastics as these cause drainage systems to be clogged.

Already, SM supermarkets observe the "no plastic bag day" on Wednesdays.

"It is already critical, all waterways are clogged.. be a good citizen," said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje.

Paje said the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association (PASA) has agreed to support the initiative.

"Kailangan syempre may information campaign yan, there will be customers who will resist. Maybe in November we'll do it," noted Steven Cua of PASA.

In the meantime, lawmakers in Congress are studying a total ban on the use of plastic bags in supermarkets.