Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Garbage crisis in the Philippines


With the alarming effects of global warming, I want to give a brief talk about solid wastes in the Philippines which is always considered to be one of the major problems of the Filipino community. This pressing issue has been addressed by the government through implementing the solid waste management system to LGUs(Local Gov’t Units). But the question here is; how sustainable is this system to reduce the generated waste daily? The answer--it is not sustainable at all. The result is quiet visible in congested cities all over the Philippines. According to a study, the Philippines generates more than 10,000 tons of solid wastes per day. Imagine the garbage crisis that the Philippines is facing every day. It’s tons of garbage piled in every corner. Actually, it’s not the solid waste management system that is difficult to sustain but the implementation. However, in the Philippines, the implementation has always been a problem. If only there will be more programs or projects calling the participation of the entire community then, integrating this system will be easy. I'm calling the attention of everyone reading this post(not only people in the Philippines)don’t you think now is the time to take action and get involved?

Here are some effective ways that everyone can follow to help in reduction of waste generation:

1. Backyard composting. It’s a simple yet very effective method of managing the organic wastes at home. The end product or the compost is best for enhancing soil structure.

2. Recycling. This may include different kinds of materials that are not biodegradable. Through recycling, the use of fresh materials that eventually end up as waste is being reduced. Nowadays, there are many companies that promote recycling. They bring the recyclables in a collection center to be sorted and cleaned and then to be reprocessed as new materials bound for manufacturing.

3. Apply proper waste segregation.

4. Reduce the use of plastics, cans and other non biodegradable materials.




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