Keep Beaches Trash-free, Beach-goers Asked

Quezon City. In time for the summer vacation in which many local and foreign
tourists alike flock the beaches, zero waste campaign network EcoWaste
Coalition appealed to vacationers not to trash these favorite summer

“The occasion of
beating the summer heat in fun and merriment, wading in the sea water, tend to
end up messy in many beaches. The more the tourists, the more the trash, are
the usual simple equation,” Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste Coalition’s National
Coordinator, said.
“Beach litter is
not only an eyesore, it pollutes the environment and kills marine life by
getting entangled in trash or when they mistake rubbish for food,” Lucero
“In 2013, during
the clean-up of some 13,000 miles of coastlines in 92 countries around the
globe, more than 12.3 million pounds of trash, from cigarette butts to plastic
bags, from food wrappers to beverage bottles, to anything you can imagine,
including an air conditioner and a couch, have been recovered,” she added
citing Ocean Conservancy data.
This summer, as
more tourists are destined to find their ways to the Philippine beaches, the
EcoWaste Coalition asked vacationers and even the locals who live along beaches
to keep the coastlines clean.
The following
tips from the EcoWaste Coalition should guide everyone on making the beaches
1.  Plan ahead before heading to the
beach. Make a checklist of what you need to bring, avoiding those that easily
end up as trash.
2. When you purchase your “baon,” buy
in bulk and choose items in reusable or recyclable containers. Avoid buying in
plastic sachets and “tipid-packs.”
3.  Make it a point to avoid single-use
and disposable products and packaging, such as plastic bags, polystyrene
packaging, disposable plastic cups and tableware, paper plates, plastic straws,
disposable tissue papers and napkins, and the like. Use reusable ones instead, such
as “bayong” and cloth bag, reusable plates, cups, forks and spoons.
4.  It would be good for your health and
the environment to avoid junk foods. Cook healthy and real food. Peanuts, real
corn, homemade camote and potato chips are a lot better munchies than pre-packaged
junk foods.
5.  Be sure to bring with you trash bags
for carrying back home segregated discards for later recovery, recycling and
6.   Bring pail or similar containers
suitable for wet goods. This will prove handy when buying fish or seafood for
cooking in the beach or as “pasalubong.”
7.  Don’t toss cigarette butts anywhere
on the beach, rather, bring it back home in separate container for proper
management. Better still, quit smoking. You have not only dealt with the
cigarette butt trash, but also with the health and environmental issues
associated with smoking.
8.   Bring home in a separate litter bag,
hazardous wastes, such as batteries.
9.   Courteously remind others not to
litter on the beach as the act can harm the environment, marine life and human
10.  Before leaving the beach, heed the
outdoorsmen’s adage to “leave nothing but footprints.”
11.  When you go home, it would help a lot
to do a mini clean-up of your area, picking even litters not of your making, so
others may at least blush at seeing their trash fixed by others. People may
also notice you and follow suit.