20 tons of campaign materials are collected daily; creates environmental risks

Individuals move varied marketing campaign posters alongside CP Garcia in Quezon Metropolis on April 27, 2022. Jonathan Cellona, ​​ABS-CBN Information

MANILA — Metro Manila Improvement Authority (MMDA) mentioned on Friday it has collected as much as 20 tons of marketing campaign materials since election day and is asking on all candidates to assist clear up the potential environmental hazard.

MMDA President Romando Artes mentioned they are going to hand over the collected posters to the Ecowaste Coalition, which transforms thick canvases into eco-bags, aprons, covers, amongst different issues.

The thinner ones would break right down to change into a part of MMDA’s eco-brick venture, he added.

“Napakarami marketing campaign supplies as nakukuha natin… Sa isang araw po siguro nakaka-18 to twenty tons of storage marketing campaign provides,” Artes mentioned in a televised briefing.

(We collected numerous marketing campaign materials. We collected about 18 to twenty tons of marketing campaign materials in someday.)

The Ministry of Inside and Native Authorities (DILG) urged each profitable and shedding candidates to assist clear up marketing campaign supplies this week, saying native authorities models should guarantee they’re correctly disposed of in accordance with environmental legal guidelines.

“Marketing campaign propaganda constructed from plastic and different non-biodegradable supplies could cause dangerous results on public well being and the surroundings if improperly destroyed,” the assertion mentioned.

Inside Minister Eduardo Año mentioned, “We now have finished our half to train our proper to vote. Let’s proceed to take part within the administration with easy methods to wash our neighborhood from electoral rubbish.”


Some marketing campaign paraphernalia are made from polyvinyl chloride or PVC plastic. An evaluation by Greenpeace USA described PVC as “essentially the most environmentally damaging of all plastics” and wouldn’t even be “sensible” to recycle due to the injury finished by the components.

In the meantime, the Ecowaste Coalition has urged the general public to restrict the recycling of tarpaulins for non-food and non-children functions, as some supplies include hazardous elements.

The environmental group mentioned they include cadmium and phthalates, which “can leach and contaminate meals or expose youngsters to chemical dangers.”

“To make it simpler to reuse or repurpose marketing campaign supplies, the group reiterated its advocacy to ban the usage of cadmium, phthalates, and different poisonous chemical components in plastics and to require authorities to make use of recyclable, non-toxic marketing campaign supplies in future elections,” they mentioned.

ABS-CBN Information has extensively mentioned the hazards of some upcycling strategies right here.

Artes mentioned marketing campaign supplies needs to be eliminated earlier than they change into an issue for the surroundings.

“Tayo ay nananawagan na rin po sa ating mga kandidato nanalo or natalo na Tümulong po sa pagbabaklas nitong mga marketing campaign supplies na ito para sa gayon ito po ay hindi kumalat ultimately mauwi sa mga channels o sa mga esteros o paiging dag- he mentioned.

(We urge our profitable and non-winning candidates to assist take away these marketing campaign supplies so they do not find yourself in waterways that might trigger flooding.)

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