Monthly Archive:: January 2014

EcoWaste Coalition Urges DENR to Take the “Big Leap” towards Speedy and Full Implementation of R.A. 9003 in the Year of the Horse

    As the country’s waste law enters its 14th year today, some 50 members of the EcoWaste Coalition trooped to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) calling for an expedited enforcement and full implementation

Local Environmental Group Cautions Cebu City Against the Construction of an RDF Facility

Cebu City. The Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) technology behind the JICA-proposed PHP 12 million plastic wastes processing facility at Inayawan Sanitary Landfill does not solve the bigger waste problem of the City and violates the Clean Air

EcoWaste Coalition Questions the Use of Lead and Other Toxic Metals in Chinese New Year Lucky Charms (Watchdog FindsToxic Metals in 42 Out of 50 Lucky Charms)

    Some feng shui amulets and charms that are supposed to deflect negative chi (energy) and draw good health and wealth during the auspicious Year of the Wooden Horse are ironically loaded with hazardous substances. The EcoWaste Coalition,

Environmental and Labor Groups Urge Government to Expand Asbestos Ban to Protect Public Health

    (Top two photos: Sheng Fu vacuum flask purchased at Paco, Manila; other photos of recalled thermos flasks from EU RAPEX’s website)   An environmental network and a labor federation today urged the government to take

Children’s Health Advocates Push for Expedited Ban on BPA-Laden Infant Products

To mark this week’s observance of the National Cancer Consciousness Week, children’s health and safety campaigners led by the EcoWaste Coalition today gathered outside the Department of Health (DOH) office in Sta. Cruz, Manila, to urge the

Citizens’ Petition to Ban Bisphenol A in Baby Feeding Bottles, Sippy Cups and Food and Beverage Packaging for Kids

20 January 2014 Hon. Enrique T. Ona Secretary Department of Health Sta. Cruz, Manila Dear Secretary Ona, Subject: Citizens’ Petition to Ban Bisphenol A in Baby Feeding Bottles, Sippy Cups and Food and Beverage Packaging for Kids

EcoWaste Coalition Calls for Stronger Measures to Stop Cyanide Poisoning from Illegal Silver Jewelry Cleaner

After claiming its latest victim in Quezon City, the EcoWaste Coalition, a toxics watchdog, urged national and local authorities to adopt stronger measures to put an end to the accidental or deliberate ingestion of cyanide-containing silver jewelry

Muntinlupa LGU Cautioned against Toxic Pollution from Breaking Gambling TVs

While commending  the effort by the Muntinlupa City Government to combat illegal gambling activities, a waste and pollution watchdog expressed concern over the way the gambling machines, particularly the TVs, were destroyed and disposed of. The EcoWaste

Lead Safe Paint (Call for Public Comments)

Lead Safe Paint Call for Public Comments Paint Screening to Eliminate Added Lead (Paint SEAL) Standard The Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM) and the EcoWaste Coalition propose to jointly launch a certification program to reward companies

“Why Adorn the Sky with Toxic Banderitas?” (EcoWaste Coalition Finds Buntings for Santo Niño Feast in Tondo Laced with Lead)

Colorful banderitas (buntings) adorning the streets of Tondo in celebration of the upcoming feast of Santo Niño were found to contain lead, a highly toxic chemical. The EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watchdog, made the discovery