Wasteful Plastic Bag Banderitas Irk Environmental Watchdog

An environmental watchdog pursuing preventive measures to
stem the ever growing garbage problem in Metro Manila has slammed the use of
plastic bags as fiesta banderitas.
The EcoWaste Coalition described the increasing practice of hanging plastic bag
garlands across the streets as “extremely wasteful” and should stop at once.
“It seems to be getting out of control as we can see in San Andres, Manila with
many neighborhood streets festooned with plastic bag banderitas that will
surely end up as garbage,” observed Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste
“The banderitas consisting of plastic sando bags, ultra-thin plastic bags and
other plastic-based materials compete with the countless plastic tarpaulins of
local politicos for space and attention.  It’s plastic all over,” she
The Sagrada Familia Parish in the vote-rich San Andres Bukid is set to observe
the Feast Day of the Holy Family on Sunday, January 24.
The EcoWaste Coalition had earlier decried the wide and wild usage of new
plastic bags as fiesta banderitas in some streets of Pandacan and Tondo, which
recently celebrated the feast of the Santo Niño.
“Hanging banderitas has become an extremely wasteful practice that only
contributes to Manila’s huge garbage disposal expenditure,” she said.
Based on the 2013 year-end report of the Commission on Audit, the City
Government of Manila spent P512.6 million for garbage hauling expenses, second
to Quezon City that spent P999.6 million, the top garbage spender in Metro
Manila, which totally spent a mind-boggling P4.2 billion.  
Aside from insisting for a ban on plastic bag banderitas, the group also sought
the enforcement of Manila City Ordinance 8282 that  bans the use of
plastic bags for dry goods and regulate their use for wet goods, as well as
bans polystyrene (Styrofoam) as container for food, produce and other products.
The Manila-wide regulation on plastic bags and polystyrene containers should
have taken effect in September 2013.
‘With effective public education and vigilant implementation, Manila’s plastic
bag regulation has the potential to succeed in reducing garbage spilled onto
the streets and esteros, and in cutting the staggering costs of waste disposal
and flood control,” she emphasized.
“We also hope that Manila will take action against wasteful plastic banderitas
and ban them at once,” she added.