By Jeannette I. Andrade
Environmentalists trooped Tuesday to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, warning the agency of a law suit if it pursues plans to allow the burning of garbage as a means to manage solid waste.
This province’s capital, Bontoc town, has developed ecological sanitation parks, crushed glass and plastics into construction materials, and enforced a plastics ban to fulfill the conditions of a 2012 writ of kalikasan over an open dump that used to operate a hundred meters from Chico River.
To really make a dent in saving the environment, the ban on plastic bags and wrappers should no longer be just local but national, according to green advocates who scoured the coast of Manila Bay and once again found the shores awash with garbage in what has been an annual and frustrating cleanup campaign. [...]
By Edwin Fernandez
Some 2.6 tons of garbage left by mountain climbers were collected from Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, during a cleanup drive last week.
Mahmud hauls bags full of rubbish to the small, dilapidated clinic next to a busy road on Indonesia’s main island of Java several times a month.