Clark locators set to use biodegradable waste bags
CLARK FREEPORT — Locators inside the Freeport are set to use biodegradable garbage bags in support of the environmental protection program of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) that bans the use of plastic bags.
Clark Investors and Locator Association (CILA) president Josh Go said the use of environment-friendly materials and containers forms part of CILA’s corporate social responsibility program.
“We will be introducing the CILA green biodegradable garbage bags effective immediately after disposing all the remaining inventory of black and clear garbage bags,” Go stated in his letter to CILA members last week.
In the same letter, Go urged the investors to “support and be engaged in fighting climate change to provide a greener and healthier environment for the next generations.”
For his part, CDC Officer-in-Charge Noel Manangkil lauded and thanked locators for supporting the environment program of the state-run firm.
He said that the CILA members play an important role in implementing programs and projects aimed at preserving the environment.
Early this year, CDC issued a memorandum to all employees, locators and residents of the Freeport that it is set to ban plastics and polystyrene here.
Rogelio Magat, Environment Permits Department Manager of CDC, said the guidelines prohibiting, regulating and prescribing certain usage of plastics and Styrofoam (polystyrene) was implemented last April 22.
“CDC promotes biodegradable plastics and environment-friendly alternatives to plastics and polystyrene such as corn-based, fiber, pulp, biodegradable polystyrene, reusable food containers, and other similar materials,” Magat said.
Based on the CDC circular, plastic bags commonly known as “sando bags” may only be used as primary packaging material only for wet goods.
Stakeholders are enjoined to use eco bags or reusable bags and the residents and visitors shall bring bags and containers when going to the shopping centers and market places.
Biodegradable plastics and polystyrene may only be allowed with a certification from the manufacturer of the said materials and that sample product must be submitted to CDC-EPD for approval prior to its use.
CDC has recommended the use of alternative packing materials such as used papers, old newspapers and banana leaves, Magat said in his previous circular.