THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) strongly supports a Senate bill that will make manufacturers and producers accountable for proper management of their plastic packaging waste.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said that Senate Bill (SB) 2425 will institutionalize the practice of extended producer responsibility (EPR) on plastic packaging wastes.
The bill which was passed on the third and final reading on Jan. 31 will include the EPR in the two-decade-old Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
Cimatu explained that the amendment of the law would define EPR as a “practical approach on efficient waste management, waste reduction and development of environmentally-friendly packaging products to promote sustainable consumption and production and the principles of a circular economy, and to emphasize the full responsibility of the producer throughout the products life cycle.”
He further pointed out that “obliged companies” will also be required to observe suitable and effective “recovery, treatment, recycling or disposal” of their products which are sold to and used by the consumers.
Cimatu also underscored the importance of including EPR in hazardous waste.
He noted that the DENR also supports initiatives in the legislature and promotes multi-stakeholder participation that would reduce marine litter towards a circular economy.
“We are also supporting initiatives in Congress to reduce plastic wastes in our water bodies and to transition to a circular economy,” he said.