BINAN says NO TO PLASTIC!!!

The plastic bags you bring home from the supermarket probably end up in a landfill. Every year, more than 500 billion plastic bags are distributed, and less than 3% of those bags are recycled.

They are typically made of polyethylene and can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade in landfills that emit harmful greenhouse gases.

Reducing your contribution to plastic-bag pollution is as simple as using a cloth bag (or one made of biodegradable plant-based materials like baskets or bayongs) instead of wasting plastic ones. In response to the cries of our embattled Mother Earth, the City of Binan is now espousing the "SAY NO TO PLASTIC! BALIK BASKET, BALIK BAYONG CAMPAIGN" which regulates the use of plastic bags under Ordinance No. 03 of the Binan Local Government authored by City Councilor Rene C. Manabat and supported by the whole City Council and Mayor Marlyn B. Alonte-Naguiat. Under this ordinance, the use of plastic bags in dry goods is strictly prohibited, while its use in wet goods may be allowed provided that wet goods may only be wrapped once and provided further that the said plastic bags are biodegrable.

Stores are also prohibited from selling plastic bags but are instead enjoined to sell baskets and "bayong" which would provide new livelihood opportunities for Binanenses.

Effective MARCH 15, 2011, the following PENALTIES shall be IMPOSED for violation of the said Ordinance:

FIRST OFFENSE - Warning and two (2) hours seminar regarding the ordinance and environmental awareness;

SECOND OFFENSE - Fine of ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED PESOS (Php 1,500.00), and two (2) hours seminar regarding the ordinance and environmental awareness and 2 hours community service; 

THIRD OFFENSE - Fine of TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED PESOS (Php 2,500.00), and IMPRISONMENT OF NOT MORE THAN SIX (6) MONTHS and SUSPENSION of BUSINESS PERMIT, if applicable.

For more information, please contact the following:

MR. RODELIO V. LEE (CENRO) - 513-5096
MS. MARIE R. BONACUA (CITY POPULATION OFFICER) - 513-5070