MANILA - The Quezon City government on Friday said it has moved the implementation of its ban on single-use plastics in restaurants and hotels to July 1 to give more time for establishments to adjust their dine-in logistics.
Enforcement of the ban under City Ordinance No. 2876 was pushed five months later as the city government took consideration of concerns surrounding hygiene and logistics, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The ban initially took effect on Feb. 15, with the city government hoping to curb the use of pollutive single-use plastic food containers and utensils.
“We understand the situation and concerns of the establishments so we will give them ample time to comply,” Belmonte said in a press release.
Establishments had raised logistical concerns which may affect day-to-day operations, the local government said.
The city's Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) then recommended postponing the ban, provided that establishments come up with a transition plan to be submitted to the city government within 30 days.
Such plan should have a procurement timeline for amenities as well as "establishments' standards and hotel/restaurant international regulations as justification for the amenities without alternatives due to sanitation concerns," EPWMD head Andrea Villaroman said.
It should also have information on the disposable materials sought to be used by the establishments for take-out orders "for hygienic and food safety purposes and its appropriate recovery/recycling mechanisms.”
The city's waste management department is coordinating with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) to further develop processes in recovering and recycling plastics and disposable materials.
Some restaurants have started complying with the ban, as establishments went viral over the use of reusable utensils.
Violators may be fined between P1,000 and P5,000, depending on the number of offenses. Violating it on a third offense merits a chance to revoke the establishment's business permit and issue a closure order against it.