PLDT bans single-use plastics in all offices

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2020 03:22 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2020 03:23 PM

File photo. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Single-use plastics will no longer be allowed in PLDT- Smart offices, business centers and events starting this month, the telco said. 

PLDT said it started implementing a program called "Power Over Plastic" that prohibits a variety of items from being brought inside more than 200 establishments of PLDT Inc. and its subsidiaries. 

Banned items include single-use plastic bottles, eating and drinking utensils such as cups, lids, straws, stirrers, plates, and cutlery, disposable plastic snack packaging, sachets, styrofoam, sando bags, and plastic shipping packages. 

Instead of single-use plastics, PLDT said it was encouraging its 17,000 employees to get reusable beverage containers such as tumblers and coffee mugs, use metal or bamboo straws and choose beverages in glass bottles or cans.

Employees are also encouraged to pack takeout food in reusable containers and bring their own reusable cloth bags. PLDT events will also use eco-friendly alternatives for decorations.

“With the size of our company and the many stakeholders we do business with, we hope to empower as many people as we could to reduce plastic waste and curb its negative effects,” said PLDT chairman and CEO Manuel Pangilinan. 

Residents try to salvage plastic trash from a polluted river on Raxabago St., in Tondo Manila, which had been the site of a demolished informal settlers community, on June 26, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Plastic pollution is a major problem in the Philippines, which -- along with China, Vietnam and Indonesia -- is frequently listed among the world's worst offenders, particularly on marine plastic pollution.