Lawsuit for the implementation of the ban on plastics at the SC. submitted

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MANILA – A petition was filed in the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday to force the government to ban non-biodegradable and recycled plastics.

In a 101-page lawsuit, petitioners, led by Oceana Philippines, Inc. and Sergio Osmeña III, moved a lawsuit from Kalikasan and an ongoing mandamus for full implementation of a 21 year old law, Republic Act 9003 or Ecological Waste Management Act from 2000.

The groups called on the SC to issue an order to stop businesses, warehouses and manufacturers, among others, from immediately selling, transporting, distributing and using single-use plastics, plastic products containing bisphenol-A (commonly known as BPA), phthalates , and other known endocrine disrupting chemicals.

The petitioners also tried to ban plastic products that contain persistent organic pollutants listed under the Stockholm Convention, as well as plastic products that are non-reusable, biodegradable or compostable, non-recyclable and toxic or environmentally hazardous.

Nominal respondents include the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) and other agencies.

The groups said the continued non-implementation of RA 9003 over the decades has enabled the unabated emission of millions of tons of plastic waste to every part of the archipelago.

“The United Nations Environment Program and the World Economic Forum estimate that the world’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050,” the group said. (PNA)

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