Environmental and health
advocates today pushed candidates for the upcoming general elections to put
sustainable waste management solutions on top of their electoral platforms and
to walk their talk by running a trash-less campaign.
public interest groups expressed the need for the country’s politicos to
step out of the usual “hakot-tambak-sunog” approach to managing
garbage and to support Zero Waste solutions to tackle pollution and build local
mounting garbage problems through the adoption, promotion and financing of Zero
Waste strategies that will eliminate the pressure to build costly
incinerators and landfills,” said Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste
congressional posts, as well as for party list representatives, is about to
start on February 9, the groups also called on all candidates to shun wasteful
manner that will not harm the environment with wastes and toxics.
Environmental and climate protection must take center stage in the 2016
polls,” said Sonia Mendoza, Chairman, Mother Earth Foundation
recycling and composting, have been proven effective in reducing garbage volume
and toxicity and in conserving energy and resources, while creating decent jobs
and livelihoods for families and communities.
10 to 20 times as many jobs as incinerators and landfills, and conserve 3 to 5
times the energy that incinerators waste. In terms of toxic emissions,
the groups said that incinerators emit more carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour
than coal-fired power plants, and that they emit up to 14 times more mercury.
as Zero Waste Month, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation (PP) No. 760,
signed by President Benigno Aquino III on 5 May 2014.
No. 760, “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.”
Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Health
Care Without Harm Asia and Mother Earth Foundation in partnership with the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Metro Manila Development
Authority, National Park Development Committee and the National Solid Waste
(Zero Waste is Possible, We Can Do It!), civil society and local government participants organized booths
showcasing various waste prevention and reduction initiatives.
MMDA 2014 Barangay Power winners for the best solid waste management system
from Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig, Quezon and Taguig Cities.
society participants included the Bituen Arts,
Culture, Events and Communications Organization; Cycling Advocates; Environmental
Resource Management Center; Junk Not; Médecins du
Monde; Tzu Chi Foundation and the Zero Waste Recycling Movement of
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