E. Samar town bans single-use plastic in all LGU events

E. Samar town bans single-use plastic in all LGU events

This Local Government Unit (LGU) should be emulated by other LGU’s in the country.

The little town of Arteche  in Eastern Samar has banned single-use plastics within the premises of the municipal hall and during events of the local government unit (LGU) as part of its environment-friendly initiatives.

In a historic win for Mother Nature,  Arteche Mayor Roland Boie Evardone signed on Thursday Executive Order No. 5 series of 2019 mandating all employees and personnel of the local government to refrain from using single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, straw, disposable cups, plates, utensils, and styrofoam.

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All Employees are encouraged to bring their own utensils, food canister, and cups that are washable and reusable.

The Executive Order also covers caterers that provide services during local government activities.
“We will start first with the municipal hall. We will test the ground first and if the implementation is successful in the LGU, we will expand the executive order to the public market, rural health unit, and to the communities,” Evardone said 

The Mayor from Eastern Samar has been known for his eco-friendly initiatives, one of which was launched in 2018 is the two-year plastic recycling program that has already produced over 21,000 eco-bricks made out of plastics.
The local chief executive said collecting plastics has become a culture of every young student in their town.
An eco-brick is a plastic bottle packed with plastic waste to a set density. It creates reusable building blocks to make modular furniture, garden spaces and full-scale buildings such as schools and houses.
The total number of eco-bricks is equivalent to more than 5,000 kilograms of plastics collected and recycled into another product beneficial to the town’s residents.

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Report from PNA

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