The “Metro Ko, Love Ko!” cleanliness campaign unveiled yesterday (February 12) by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) aims to keep the streets and waterways of the national capital region garbage-free.
“We welcome this latest effort by the MMDA to strengthen the agency’s ongoing anti-littering drive in collaboration with local government units and the public and private sectors,” said Roy Alvarez, President of the EcoWaste Coalition.
According to its website, the MMDA has apprehended over 21,000 litterbugs since the agency revived MMDA Regulation No. 96-009, the Anti-Littering Ordinance, last September 2010 .
“For such a clear-cut but enormous task of keeping Metro Manila garbage-free, the MMDA will need the help of all Metro citizens as well as transients who come to the metropolitan area for study, work, business or leisure,” he said.
“If there is one social ill that our country needs to put a stop to next to graft and corruption, it must be littering,” he pointed out.
“Given his moral ascendancy and popularity, P-Noy can make littering a thing of the past just like what he did with the abusive use of wang-wang (flashing sirens),” he stated.
Aside from causing hygiene and sanitation hazards and flashfloods, littering leads to a litany of other problems that are too often ignored, the EcoWaste Coalition lamented.
The indiscriminate disposal of trash such as discarded plastic bags, cigarette butts and other common litter can injure, maim or even kill animals. Plastic debris in the marine environment, for example, can trap, entangle or choke birds and sea creatures.
2.Discourage others from littering by politely explaining the consequences of their actions.
3.Avoid using plastic bags and other single-use disposable items.
4.Reduce your waste size by separating your discards at source, reusing, recycling and composting them.
5.Do not leave your trash out by the road for collection.
6.Do not throw hazardous discards such as mercury-containing lamps and batteries in regular trash.
7.Hold on to your rubbish such as bus tickets, food wrappers and cigarette butts until you have found a waste bin.
8.Do not throw litter out of cars. Place a litter bag in your vehicle to collect your litter until a waste bin is available.
9.For chewing gum consumers: “you chew it, you must bin it.”
10.For pet owners: “don’t give your dog a bad name, pick up after them.”