Plastic Straws And Plastic Coffee Stirrers Will Be Banned In The Philippines

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Plastic straws and plastic coffee stirrers will soon be banned in the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Wednesday. This came after the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) has specified plastic straws and plastic coffee stirrers as non-environmentally approved products (NEAP) on Tuesday.

According to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act 9003), which was enacted into law in 2001, all items listed by the Commission as NEAP will be prohibited. Two decades after, it was only now that the NEAP listing commenced.

"I am elated that after 20 years since the birth of RA 9003, the NEAP listing has now commenced," DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said. He adds, "This is long overdue and we need to catch up with the demand of solid waste management in our country."

Antiporda also expressed that they have long been fighting for the list of NEAP to help in combating environmental damage. He says, "The prohibition on these two single-use plastic items may be small steps in the NEAP listing, but it is a big leap when it comes to compliance with the provisions of RA 9003."

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