As far as I know, Quezon City was among the pioneer Cities who implemented the “No-plastic Policy”. It was bombarded with criticism at first, but it pushed thru and I salute them. I know it was a good call since plastic is 1 of the main causes of flooding in the Metro during rainy season and it takes century to decompose. But actually I knew that since 2010, SM already applies this scheme via their MOB (My Own Bag) Wednesdays, which they encourages customer to bring reusable bags for their grocery/shopping items or the items will be placed in paper bags or carton boxes in lieu of the traditional plastic bags. What an effort to save Mother Earth.
But just recently, we went to SM Hypermarket in the Block (SM North EDSA) for our weekly grocery. Since it was unplanned, we were not able to bring our reusable bags. My in-laws was so kind to lend us 2 bags but I changed my mind the last minute knowing we could asked for a carton box instead (just like what we did at Landmark grocery just 3 weeks prior).
Just for the record, we lived in Bulacan, we usually do our grocery at the nearest grocery store. It was our 1st time again at SM North after the implementation of the said Ordinance.
So upon checking-out, the usual cashier’s spill was said, I was surprised to hear the biggest shock of my life. They will not allow us to use carton box or paper bags, they do not offer such but ONLY PLASTIC BAGS FOR P2/EACH! Ano?? And I asked Ano again for her every answer. I just can’t understand. She even said it’s been long SM grocery’s policy, like since December 2012 pa daw. ANO?? I’m in Quezon City, was I? Pano nangyari yon?
I wanted to complain, I wanted to understand why. I hated that I was not given an option, I hated that I was not given a chance to “go-green”, for my kids’ future. I asked for the manager but I knew I would just hear the same explanation so I decided I’d report it to the City Government instead, I work in a government office, I’m sure I could use some connections. This is a clear violation of their Ordinance.
But then again, I happen to see phrases at the counter as I sign my slip, 1 of those says (not verbatim though), The City Government discourages the use of paper bags and boxes to help contribute to the Environmental Fund. Ah, ‘yon naman pala… So, it’s okay to destroy the environment so long as we have BIG fund to save it.
Okay, so I rest my case.