Greening the city of pines

Baguio is a mountain city in the northern Philippines. Its relatively cool climate, pine forests, mountain views make it a popular tourist destination. However, environmental destruction, population growth and urbanization has been taking its toll. The city has been working on a zero waste management program. They have partnered with recycling companies to recycle plastic trash. They have been promoting reusable bags and a proposed paper bag ordinance will require all stores to replace plastic bags with paper or bayongs (woven buri bags). The city council hopes to make all groceries and supermarkets plastic-free in five years.

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