Mountains of garbage pile up in Metro streets after New Year’s revelry

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Piles of garbage dotted the streets of Manila Manila a day after revelers ushered in the New Year.

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The EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watchdog group, on Wednesday said its Basura Patrollers reported seeing post-revelry trash dumped along J. P. Rizal Ave. in Makati City; Sangandaan Market, Malabon City;  Martinez St.,  Mandaluyong City; Francisco St. in San Andres, Manila.

There were also heaps of trash along the entire stretch of Quirino Ave. in Manila; E. Rodriguez Ave.-Damayang Lagi and Caliraya St. in Quezon City; and Bagong Kalsada, Tuktukan in Taguig City.

“On the first day of the New Year, we see these all too familiar sights of street dumps and smell the stink of mixed garbage rising from it,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition.

She said the mammoth disposal of post-revelry trash will keep garbage collectors busy and the dump trucks and dumpsites full to the brim.

Most of the garbage were firecracker wrappers, food leftovers, Styrofoam containers, soiled packaging materials, and lots and lots of plastic bags, the Basura Patrollers reported.

The group urged Filipinos to commit to preventing and reducing waste in 2014.

“We invite everyone, from the filthy rich to the dirt poor, to waste less this New Year by reducing what we throw away and reusing, repairing and recycling even more,” she said.

According to data posted at the website of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), the national daily waste generation is to rise from 38,757 tons in 2013 to 38,092 in 2014.  It was estimated at 37,427 in 2012 and is projected to climb to 40,087 in 2016.

Garbage from the National Capital Region is expected to increase from 8,754 tons in 2013 to 8,907 tons daily in 2014.

Based on NSWMC’s figures, Metro Manila’s garbage is 52 percent biodegradable, 41 percent recyclable and 7 percent residual.

Waste diversion rate, or the amount of trash diverted away from dumpsites, landfills and incinerators, is reportedly 41 percent in Metro Manila and 36  percent outside Metro Manila, according to the NSWMC.

RITCHIE A. HORARIO

 

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