MANILA, Philippines - An industry group says the campaign against the use of plastic bags will not solve the problem of flooding in the country, since alternatives are more costly.
Polystyrene Packaging Council of the Philippines (PPCP) president Henry Gaw says using other materials such as paper instead of plastic will require more energy for production, making it more expensive.
Gaw says the government should address first the issue on illegal disposal of waste to prevent flooding in the country.
"Whatever is being used in place of plastic requires higher cost. The cost is higher for the alternative.
That is we're saying just banning plastics, it didn't solve the problem of flooding because the main problem of flooding is the illegal disposal of waste," he told ANC.
Top business groups, including PPCP, are opposing a ban on the use of plastic bags now being implemented in several cities in Metro Manila.
Pasig and Muntinlupa have banned the usage of plastic bags, while Quezon City implements the same law tomorrow (September 1). Consumers will be charged P2 per plastic bag in Quezon City. - ANC