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DENR warns LGUs on bigger garbage volume this summer
by DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is urging local officials to plan ahead on how to manage increased volume of garbage this coming summer season.

“Local government officials should amplify their measures in managing wastes particularly in tourism sites as we expect an increased volume of garbage with the arrival of tourists this summer season,” Environment Sec. Roy A. Cimatu said.

Cimatu said local officials should put more trash bins in tourist sites to encourage proper waste disposal.

He also appealed to tourists to be responsible for their wastes and avoid littering, especially along the shorelines and in the waters.

Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 mandates the segregation of solid wastes which includes the order that LGUs shall divert at least 25 percent of all solid waste disposal facilities through use, recycling, and composting activities and other resource recovery activities.

Under the law, wastes should be segregated as “compostable,” “non-recyclable,” “recyclable,” “residual waste,” and other appropriate classifications.

Improper waste disposal, especially along the shorelines affects marine life.

Plastic products like PET bottles, candy wrappers, and sando bags among other plastics pose a threat to marine life. Some marine species mistake plastic trash as food.

An increase in tourist arrivals lead to a sharp rise in waste generation, Cimatu said.

He asked LGUs in tourist areas to strictly enforce segregation of wastes to avoid environmental problems such as uncollected garbage and soil contamination among other concerns.

Cimatu said the DENR can provide technical assistance and support to LGUs in terms of development of solid waste management plans.


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