The Quezon City Government has enacted Ordinance #2140 otherwise known as the "Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance" . Instead of outright banning the use of plastic bags, the government has implemented a scheme that will reduce the use of plastic bags in the city. The plan is to change the mindset of the consumers to bring their own reusable bags when they make their purchases in all shops including supermarkets, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacy, department stores as well as the wet markets.
The aim of the
government is to reduce the trash being thrown into the landfill. As
cited in the Ordinance, the city produces some 700 cu. m. or about
forty five 10-wheeler truck load of plastic bags alone which are being
dumped in the Payatas landfill per day.