The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) is lodging a series of public advisories to ensure that the throngs of people who will troop the cemeteries to remember their departed loved ones this coming weekend observe a “waste less Undas”.
The EMB through its Solid Waste Management Division (SWMD) will be posting advisories and friendly reminders on waste management with these hashtags: #WasteLessUndas2016, #TamangPagtatapon #CLAYGO (Clean as You Go). advisories will be posted on the DENR-EMB’s website and social media accounts.
“We remind everyone to maintain cleanliness and use materials that are reusable or recyclable so that we generate less solid waste, “EMB Director Gilbert C. Gonzales said. Citing a 2014 NSWMC report, Director Gonzales said that two hundred truckloads of garbage were collected from various cemeteries in the nation’s capital region alone.
Director Gonzales also encouraged cemetery administrators to set up enough strategically-located receptacles for different types of wastes, and to strictly implement waste-related local ordinances like proper management of packaging materials.
“It is no longer necessary to enumerate the adverse impact of garbage not only on our health but also on the environment. We should all start actively participating in the proper management or our waste,” he added.
He also provided the following tips for all cemetery goers this Undas :
- Use recyclable containers to pack your food—from sandwiches to meals and drinks.
- Use fresh flowers or potted plants without extra wrapping on packaging.
- Reduce wastage by bringing only a sufficient amount of food.
- Do not leave your trash behind. Clean as you go.
- Take time to throw trash in bins coded to segregate them accordingly.
- Do not burn your wastes in the cemetery.
The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) also support the #WasteLessUndas2016.