October 3, 2023








Ban on single-use plastics in QC resumes on March

Single-use plastics will not be allowed in Quezon City again starting March in compliance with City Ordinance No. 2868-2019, the local government announced Saturday.

In May 2020, the implementation of the ban on single-use plastics was temporarily lifted following the imposition of the community quarantine.

In announcing the resumption of the crackdown, Mayor Joy Belmonte pointed out that “there is a pressing need to strengthen the city’s efforts in response” to reduce plastic wastes.

Belmonte said the city’s re-implementation of the ban on single-use plastics “is also in fulfillment of the city’s international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resilience.”

“We hope to promote sustainable practices in the city,” she said.

Under the mayor’s memorandum, all shopping malls, supermarkets, fast-food chains, drug stores, and other retailers registered under the Business Permits and Licensing Department must stop the distribution or provision of plastic bags to their customers.

Even retailers will not be allowed, Belmonte added.

“Kailangan nang magdala ng mamimili ng sarili nilang reusable bags (Customers must also bring their own reusable bags),” she said.

Restaurants and hotels are also not exempted. Starting July, single-use plastics for dine-in transactions will no longer be allowed. Food delivery services are encouraged to do the same.

As such, they must submit to the local government their transition plans, including health and safety protocols, on or before May 31.


In the meantime, establishments can use paper bags as a substitute for plastic. Use of paper bags however will only be allowed until 2022.

Violators of the ban shall be meted with a fine ranging from P1,000 to P5,000, or cease and desist order and revocation of business permit.