Supreme Court Bans Single-Use Plastics in its Offices

March 2, 2020

The Supreme Court, through its Office of Administrative Services, has implemented an outright ban on the use of unnecessary single-use plastics in its Offices.

In a Memorandum dated February 28, 2020 addressed to all heads of Offices of the Supreme Court, Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief Administrative Officer Atty. Maria Carina M. Cunanan stated that the Court is adopting the solid waste avoidance and waste management strategy of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), which is under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

NSWMC Resolution No. 1363, series of 2020 considers the following items as unnecessary single-use plastics: “plastic cups (lower than 0.2 mm in thickness), plastic drinking straws, plastic coffee stirrers, plastic spoons, plastic forks, plastic knives, and plastic labo and thin-filmed sando bags (lower than 15 microns).”

This directive is consistent with the Court’s efforts towards sustainability. On October 22, 2019, the Court presented to the public the project for the construction of the Manila Hall of Justice (MHOJ), which is certified as the first green courthouse in the Philippines. Set to be completed by 2022, the MHOJ will feature three interconnected buildings which are environment-friendly and green certified. (Courtesy of the SC-Public Information Office)