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Philippines' Duterte warms to idea of banning plastics

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edited November 2019 in Local and Foreign Issues

Philippines' Duterte warms to idea of banning plastics

ReutersNovember 7, 2019
Philippines39 Duterte warms to idea of banning plastics
FILE PHOTO: A boy swims as he collects recyclable plastic bottles drifting with garbage along the coast of Manila Bay at the slum area in the Baseco Compound in metro Manila

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed banning plastic, his spokesman said on Thursday, which could provide the impetus needed for the Congress of one of the world's top plastic polluters to pass environment protection laws.

The Philippines, which ranks among the world's worst ocean polluters, has a law on solid waste but it is poorly enforced and it does not regulate packaging manufacturing.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte mentioned the possibility of a plastics ban during a discussion on climate change in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

"The president floated the idea to ban the use of plastics, which according to him would require legislative action," Panelo told reporters without elaborating.

Several bills aimed at combating plastic pollution are pending in Congress, including a proposal by boxing star and senator, Manny Pacquiao, to ban single-use plastics, but none of the measures are close to becoming law.

The Philippines ranked third in the world for failing to deal with its plastics, according to a 2015 study by the University of Georgia, which said 81 percent of its plastics waste was mismanaged.

Plastic waste has reached worrying proportions in the Philippines, which has the fifth longest coastline in the world, given the staggering amount of throw away plastic used.

A recent study by environment group the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives showed that close to 60 billion pieces of sachets and 34 billion pieces of plastic bags are discarded in the Philippines yearly.

(Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Robert Birsel)


One cannot outright ban plastics! There are thousands of plastic containers used in the medical industry  specifically 

for blood test samples and blood transfusions, and not to mention containers for pills and other medications.

Even some pipings to transport water are made of plastics.

One time use disposable plastic bags are already replaced by reusable ones.

Only one that some lobbyist could be pushing are glass bottles for some soda and water instead of plastics. There's a motivation.

Maybe styrofoam cups and containers are the ones that should be banned first!.


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    Coca-Cola chooses plastic bottle collection over aluminum cans to cut carbon footprint

    By Alexis Akwagyiram
    ReutersNovember 6, 2019

    By Alexis Akwagyiram

    LAGOS (Reuters) - Coca-Cola <KO.N> is committed to collecting and recycling plastic bottles rather than switching to aluminum cans as the world's largest soft drinks maker seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, its chief executive officer told Reuters.

    Along with multinational rivals including PepsiCo <PEP.O> and Nestle <NESN.S>, Coca-Cola has started offering recyclable aluminum cans as well as plastic bottles for some water brands as the industry reacts to public outrage over the world's oceans being polluted with plastic waste.

    But Coca-Cola's launch of a range of cans for sparkling water in the United States is not part of a broader shift, said CEO James Quincey during an interview in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.

    "We are not trying to engineer a strategic shift from plastic to aluminum," said Quincey, adding that the firm was "focused on collecting" and has a collection rate of about 59%.

    Quincey said import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum that U.S. President Donald Trump set in 2018 to preserve national security would also not alter its plan.

    "It's not so big that it's going to make us change our strategy," said Quincey on the impact of the tariffs.

    "Given the relative weight of aluminum in our total business, it hasn't caused a big change in strategy - just a cost increase that fed through to the consumers," he said.

    Last year Coca-Cola pledged to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells globally by 2030.

    The company adopts different methods around the world to collect bottles. In some countries it uses a deposit return scheme that enables consumers to return bottles in exchange for incentives - such as cash, vouchers or a points-scheme. It also works with private firms that employ collection agents to retrieve used bottles.

    "A recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle has a much lower carbon footprint than an aluminum can or a returned glass bottle," said Quincey.

    He said collecting and reusing bottles was a "better long term answer" than switching 

    Last month environmental group Greenpeace said Coca-Cola was the world's biggest producer of plastic waste for the second year in a row.

    Working with the Break Free From Plastic movement, it said 11,732 branded Coca-Cola plastics were recorded in 37 countries - more than the next three top global polluters combined.

    But Coke's CEO said this was just a reflection of the drinks company being the "biggest brand".

    Coca-Cola beat Wall Street estimates with quarterly revenue of $9.51 billion last month, prompting the company to give an upbeat forecast for 2019.


    Aluminum cans pay more at recycling outlet. Soda drinkers will not bother collecting plastic bottles that cost less. 

  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited November 2019

    paano kasi WALANG Totoong Recycling POLICY ang DuDirty Government.

    ang mga nire-recycle lang ng Malacanang ay yung mga-kurakot na supporters at ninja cops.

  • ArnoldZArnoldZ PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Should Ben people from 6hrowing their trash on the streets and will eventually end up in the ocean.
    Strictly retorce recycling, by separating waste from paper products and from plastic bottles and from aluminum containers.
    Now that would be an accomplishment.
  • Darius03Darius03 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Hinfi na makakabili ng mga pang-araw-araw my mga pangsngailangsn ang mga mahihirap. Shampoo, toothpaste, lundry detergent,  at iba't iba pang binibenta ng tingi na nakabalot sa maliliit na plastic.contsiners.
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    expert kasi si DuDirty sa HYPE-INFLATIONARY policies

    the bigger the inflation, the more dependent on the government

    alam mo na kapag gutom ang tao kahit anong tulong bigay mo ay biyaya

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