(Metro News) QC gov’t asks mart owners to use recycled paper bags

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 19 — The Quezon City government has asked the city’s supermarket owners to stuff their groceries in carton boxes and paper bags made from biodegradable materials instead of plastic bags to help decrease the huge volume of garbage expected this Yuletide season.

Minority Floor Leader Councilor Jesus Manuel Suntay of the city’s Fourth District expressed concern over the repercussions that may arise from the scattered wastes and non-biodegradable materials on the streets.

He noted that during the holidays, household and industrial wastes are expected to pile up even more with the garbage collectors also taking a day or two off from their work.

If garbage disposal is left uncontrolled, Suntay said communicable diseases could break out, aside from heavy flooding as the scattered wastes may end up clogging natural water inlets, canals and drainage systems.

Earlier this year, Quezon City Engineering Department (QCED) chief Joselito Cabungcal said his men are constantly retrieving a daily average of 750 fully-laden dump trucks of garbage from the city’s esteros, canals, creeks, ponds, rivers and other inlets.

He lauded Suntay’s proposal, saying about 65 percent of the wastes retrieved from the waterways are plastic bags and other non-biodegradable materials.

Aside from using biodegradable materials for shopping, Suntay advised the proper segregation of garbage, especially this Christmas season.

He said mixing leftovers that rot and all sorts of discards like tin cans, paper plates, styro boxes and cups, and cellophanes may cause infectious diseases highlighted by foul odor to rise in the neighborhood. (PNA) scs/JCA

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