watchdog today appealed to the public to ring in the New Year sans habitual littering.
The EcoWaste Coalition, an advocate for Zero Waste Philippines, insisted that
the joyful welcome of 2015 need not turn our streets and parks into garbage
“For a change, let us wrap up 2014 and kick off 2015 in a manner that will
mirror our personal and communal concern and responsibility for the
environment,” said Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.
“Whether you are staying home or joining others in Rizal Park, Quezon Memorial
Circle or Philippine Arena for the countdown to the New Year, please mind your
trash and litter not,” she said.
Although strictly forbidden under Republic Act 9003 (the Ecological Solid Waste
Management Act) and complementary local ordinances, littering, observed the
EcoWaste Coalition, is rampant, creating
The group observed that revelers who troop to public parks for New Year’s Eve
fun and entertainment often leave “media noche” food leftovers and their
polystyrene containers, disposable cutlery,
plastic bottles and cups and soiled paper on the ground or on gutters and
In neighborhood streets, it’s not uncommon to see mixed garbage bins and heaps,
including dangerous remnants of firecrackers and fireworks, the group further
“These wasteful practices need to die out as we hail the New Year. It will
be embarrassing to observe January 2015 as ‘Zero Waste Month’ as proclaimed by
P-Noy with our communities buried in preventable garbage,” Lucero said.
In May last year, President Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation 760 declaring
January of each year as “Zero Waste Month,” saying that “zero waste is a goal
that is ethical, economical, efficient and
visionary to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate
sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to
become resources for others to use.”
“As children of Mother Earth, it is our shared task to look after the health
and safety of our communities and the environment at large, ensuring that our
actions conserve and protect, not inflict further damage, on our ailing
planet,” she emphasized.
For a cleaner and greener New Year’s welcome, the EcoWaste Coalition urged the
1. Prevent all forms of wasting to conserve resources, save money and minimize
the generation of waste.
2. Go for reusable dinnerware rather than single-use paper or plastic plates
and other disposable party supplies.
3. Cut back on food waste by avoiding over-the-top midnight feast and by safely
storing leftovers for sharing or recycling.
4. Shun firecrackers and fireworks and go for substitute noisemakers that
emit no fumes and yield no garbage.
5. Avoid mixing up post-celebration discards, separate the biodegradable
from the non-biodegradable to make reusing, recycling and composting fun and