The Philippines generated more than 2.5 billion tonnes of plastic waste in 2010, and an estimated 6 billion plastic sachets are thrown away by Filipinos every year. Much of that plastic makes its way to our oceans, polluting beaches, harming marine life and threatening entire food webs. Over half of all sea turtles have ingested plastic pollution, often resulting in death.
What We Do
Oceana campaigns for national and local policies that reduce single-use plastics polluting our oceans.
The government passed the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (Republic Act 9003), which was designed to regulate polluting plastics and other materials, 18 year ago. However, implementation of the law has been limited by the National Solid Waste Management Commission, which has failed to release the legally mandated list of non-environmentally acceptable products and packaging required for effective regulation on the manufacture, use and consumption of these products. Oceana continues to advocate for the National Solid Waste Management Commission to include single-use plastics in its list of non-environmentally acceptable products and packaging materials.
As part of the zero-waste city movement, Oceana and our allies in the Break Free From Plastic Movement are campaigning to urge local governments to pass ordinances banning single-use plastics in their jurisdictions and enact resolutions supporting a national ban on single-use plastics. As of March 2020, 531 local government units have adopted ordinances banning/regulating single-use plastics, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government. In this effort, Oceana campaigns for vendors to offer plastic-free alternatives at the same price as those containing single-use plastics.