Public told to ditch ocean-polluting disposable plastic products
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is urging the public to refrain from using single-use plastic items, such as pet bottles and grocery bags, which usually end up polluting the oceans and waterways.
“It is high time we refrain from using disposable plastic products that are used for minutes, but persist in the environment forever,” Cimatu said.
Proclamation No. 237 declares the month of June as Environment Month in the Philippines and June 5 of every year is World Environment Day (WED).
This year’s theme for World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
Cimatu made the appeal not only in consonance with the global theme, but also in preparation for the coming rainy season in the country.
Plastics are non-biodegradable, which means that they do not decay and become absorbed by the environment.
Once discarded, plastic is likely to end up in oceans after being washed down rivers, flushed down toilets, or windblown from dumps.
Cimatu said the easiest and best way to reduce plastic waste is to use reusable alternatives, such as eco-friendly tumblers and eco-bags.