Leading the implementation is the Anti-Plastic Task Force which will begin checking business establishments for compliance.
Municipal Ordinance No. 337, also known as the Anti-Plastic Ordinance, aims to protect the environment from the destruction caused by nonbiodegradable wastes like plastic bags, which clog drainage canals and cause floods, Severino said.
Under the ordinance, plastic bags will no longer be made available at checkout counters in the locality.
The ordinance encourages the use of alternative containers made of biodegradable or recycled materials instead.
First-time offenders will be fined P500; second-time, P1,000; and third-time, P2,000.
Severo said the local government expects business owners and shoppers alike to comply with the municipal ordinance.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.