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EcoWaste Coalition Reminds Public to Shun Careless Garbage Disposal

An
environmental watchdog appealed anew to the general public to stop careless trash
disposal that is surely aggravating the flashfloods amid the frequent occurrence
of thunderstorms in Metro Manila.
The EcoWaste Coalition, a persistent campaigner for public health and safety,
made another pitch for the ecological management of household and commercial
discards in the wake of repeated flooding incidents in the metropolis due to
intense thunderstorms.
“We call upon all households, as well as commercial establishments, to stop
reckless garbage disposal that is clogging the waterways and filling the dumpsites
to the brim,” said Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.
“As we all know, what we carelessly throw will come back to us in forms that
are perilous to both life and limb such as flashfloods, stagnant pools and water-borne
diseases,” she said.
While the connection between improper waste management and flooding is a no-brainer,
many individuals, homes and businesses irresponsibly dispose of their discards,
lamented Lucero.
“Smokers toss cigarette butts on the ground, kids and adults drop candy and
snack wrappers wherever they like, while others lob garbage-filled plastic bags
on the streets, vacant lots, creeks and rivers,” she pointed out.
“Commercial establishments such as restaurants that do not have grease traps
and simply throw used oil into the sink are also to blame for the floods as
used oil tends to harden and obstruct the drainage system,” she emphasized.  
“Other thoughtlessly thrown discards such as hair cuttings from barber shops
and beauty parlors, polystyrene containers for food and beverage and
construction and demolition debris can also seriously block the drainage,” she
added.  
To ease urban flooding, the EcoWaste Coalition reiterated the need for people
and businesses to rally behind waste prevention and reduction efforts at all
levels, and to combat all forms of littering and dumping.
The group specifically asked local government units to make polluters pay by
enforcing key environmental laws such as Republic Act 9003 and Republic Act
9275.
R.A. 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, bans littering and other
acts that pose harm to health and sanitation such as the open burning and
dumping of trash. 
Under R.A. 9003, litterbugs can be fined from P300 to P1,00, compelled to
undertake community service or be required to pay the fine as well as render
community service.
R.A. 9275, the Clean Water Act, prohibits the discharging of materials that could
cause water pollution or impede the natural flow in the water body and sets a
fine of not less than P10,000 to not more P200,000 for every day of violation.
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