Davao Plastic Ban Guidelines

Guidelines on the Ban of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags and Polystyrene Foam

Rules V and VI of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009

Rule V. Reduction of Use of Non-Biodegradable and Single-Use Plastic Bags

Section 8. Use of Recyclable, Reusable and Biodegradable Checkout Bags and Containers. All stores, as well as, ambulant vendors in Davao City shall sell or provide only the following as checkout bags or containers to customers:
Recycled or recyclable paper bags;
Biodegradable plastic bags;
Reusable bags, such as cloth bags;
Bags made of indigenous materials, such as buri, abaca, anahaw, bamboo and pineapple; or
Used corrugated boxes or cartons.

Biodegradable plastic bags must be properly disposed like any other solid waste material and should not be thrown in canals, water bodies, vacant lots and other public places.

This section shall be fully implemented on June 28, 2012 to give ample time to stores to make the necessary transition.

Section 9. Individual Participation. Shoppers or customers in all stores in Davao City are encouraged to provide for themselves reusable and recyclable shopping bags such as those enumerated in Section 8, when shopping or buying from stores. They are also encouraged to refuse a checkout bag from the store when buying small items (like a CD, candy, etc.) that do not require a bag.

Rule VI. Ban of Non-Bio Plastic Bags and Polystyrene Foam as Food Containers

Section 10. Ban of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags and Polystyrene Foam as Food Containers. Only recyclable, biodegradable or reusable containers are allowed to be used as a food and beverage containers.

The food and packaging industry are encouraged to develop more environmentally-friendly containers as substitutes for polystyrene food containers.

The use of non-biodegradable plastic bags and polystyrene foam as food and beverage container shall be completely banned in Davao City starting June 28, 2012.


1st offense – fine of P300 and must attend the orientation seminar on solid waste management to be conducted by City Enro
2nd offense – fine of P500 or community service for 5 days
3rd offense – fine of P1,000 or community service for 10 days
4th and succeeding violations shall be prosecuted directly in court.

For more information, kindly contact the Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) at (082) 227-2655 or 244-0094.

(Source: Davao City government)


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