Single-Use Plastics Now Banned In Boracay

Single-Use Plastics Now Banned In Boracay


The Local government of Malay, Aklan is enforcing a Municipal Ordinance No.385,
prohibiting single-use plastics when Boracay reopens in October of 2018.


This will prohibit hotels,resorts,other accommodation establishments,and restaurants
in Malay and Boracay from using single-use plastics.

single-use plastics now banned in boracay
Single-Use Plastics Now Banned In Boracay | Image Credit To Owner


Any hotel,resort,restaurant or establishment in the accommodation business found
violating this ordinance shall be penalized as follows:

  • 1st Offense – PHP 2,000 and stern warning
  • 2nd Offense – PHP 2,500 and confiscation of single-use plastics
  • 3rd Offense – Cancellation of Business Permit to operate


Single-Use plastics are the following:

  • All Kinds of Plastic Sachet
  • Bags
  • Bottles
  • Combs
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Cups
  • Cutleries
  • Straws
  • Styrofoam
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste Tube


Municipal Ordinance No.386 author,Councilor Nenette Aguirre Graf, advises Boracay
visitors to bring their own straw because single-use plastic will no longer be
allowed. Plastic bags and Styrofoams will be prohibited as well.


9 Tips For Living With Less Plastics In Boracay

  1. Clean your home with natural ingredients
  2. Swap bathroom bottles for soap bars
  3. Use natural oils to cleanse and moisturize
  4. Discover the mooncup (for ladies)
  5. Invest in stainless steel razor
  6. Choose plastic-free natural deodorant
  7. Brush with bamboo
  8. Avoid synthetic clothes because they shed microfibers
  9. Buy local and request plastic-free packaging


DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said that large portion of Boracay’s trash is composed
of single-use plastic products and that has greatly contributed to the degradation
of the environment.


The Philippine government is really serious in its effort to clean not only Boracay
but the entire Philippines of single-use plastics considering that the Philippines
is ranked 3rd in the world that mismanaged plastic waste entering the ocean. It
accounts 0.75 million metric tons per year of plastic waste.


It is said that every year, 25 million metric tons of global plastics goes straight
to the ocean.