Some fastfood chains are already not using it but plastic softdrink straws and coffee stirrers may soon be officially banned in the country after the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) approved their inclusion in the list of non-environmentally acceptable products (NEAP) as part of the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

In a press release, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) stated that the resolution was deliberated through a virtual en banc meeting on Tuesday (February 2), which was presided by DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units (LGUs) Concerns and NSWMC Alternate Chair Benny D. Antiporda. It concluded with 11 votes for approval and three votes for disapproval of the two items. Antiporda said the NEAP listing was long overdue which took almost 20 years to commence since RA 9003 was passed.

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