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How to kickstart a zero waste lifestyle without spending on new things

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:42 PM

You don’t need to buy a spanking new canteen to start going green

Despite gov't push, private sector group sees 'big gap' in solving trash problem

Apr 04, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'While we're doing Build, Build, Build, we can't catch up with the infrastructure with the growing population of the Philippines,' says Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability founding president Crispian Lao

TRASH. Manila Bay is not a stranger to trash littering along its shore. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DILG orders 108 LGUs to explain absence of waste management plan

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:01 AM

'We don't want another case of Manila Bay,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

DILG CHIEF. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano says local govenrments should all have solid waste management plans as provided under the law. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are 5 ways to make it more sustainable

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

A guide to a greener, more sustainable but generous Christmas

NATURAL VS ARTIFICIAL: Plastic trees that are reused actually have a lower carbon footprint.

Morales: Congress, not Martires, should reassess Solid Waste Act

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Martires recently recalled the suspension of 72 local executives, citing as reason the impracticality of the Solid Waste Act

SUSPENSION RECALL. Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) says the decision to recall suspension orders because of flaws of the law should be a decision of the Congress, not Ombudsman Samuel Martires.

After criticism, no more balloon releasing in next Mimaropa Festival

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Mimaropa's top tourism official thanks EcoWaste Coalition for pointing out that releasing balloons is harmful to the environment

Photo from the Arawatan & Mimaropa Festival 2018 Facebook page

Eco group slams Mimaropa Festival's balloon releasing activity

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'Releasing balloons into the air is no laughing matter, especially for marine animals who bear the brunt of this wasteful practice,' says zero waste campaigner Daniel Alejandre

Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

DENR to local government: Be tough on trash violators for Undas

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) ‘LGUs should not hesitate penalizing litterbugs by imposing fines or making them render community service,’ says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

UNDAS. People flock the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City to visit the grave of their departed loved ones in observance of the All Soul's and All Saints' Day on November 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mother and son in viral video punished for littering in Caloocan

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Caloocan City government orders Maria Elena Paras and son Ian to pay a fine, do community service, and attend a seminar for violating the law

Martires recalls suspension of mayor, local execs charged under solid waste act

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘The law is economically not feasible to be implemented especially by 5th and 6th class municipalities,’ says the new Ombudsman

SUSPENSION RECALL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires recalls the suspension of 9 mayors and a dozen of local officials administratively charged of violating the Solid Waste Act. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Seventeen years after its enactment, LGUs struggle to implement our solid waste management law

Ombudsman suspends Polangui mayor, 4 councilors

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:26 PM

For operating an open dumpsite, the Ombudsman suspends Mayor Cherilie Mella-Sampal and 4 Sangguniang Bayan members for one year

 An open dumpsite in Daraga Albay.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We like to start with the children so it'll be embedded in their minds already,' says World Wide Fund environment officer Kimberly Anne Marcelo

Eco-friendly alternatives to menstrual pads and tampons

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Looking for more sustainable options during that time of the month?

Zero-waste basics: Mess kits will help save the world

May 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Want to go zero-waste but don't know how? Start by building your own mess kit!

BRING YOUR OWN EVERYTHING. Having your own utensils, containers, and tumblers on hand makes it easy to decline disposable, single-use items. Photo courtesy of Joni Galeste

The challenges of going zero waste in the Philippines

May 23, 2018 - 1:14 PM

The zero waste movement, or the lifestyle of recycling and using natural products, is growing in the Philippines. There are no laws, however, that incentivizes the practice.

Puerto Princesa gov't won't junk waste-to-energy deal

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:16 AM

City Administrator and Legal Officer, Atty. Arnel Pedrosa, maintains the planned facility will not pose harm to the environment, as was claimed by the coalition No Burn Pilipinas (NBP)

Cimatu investigates dumping of solid waste into Manila Bay

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has already summoned PHILECO officials to a technical conference on October 3

Makati's 2016 garbage hauling costs lowest since 2007 – COA

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The drop in expenses is attributed to the local government s environmental programs according to the Commission on Audit

Davao City spent P151M due to lack of waste segregation – COA

Jun 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Only 4 out of the city s 182 barangays maintain a materials recovery facility which is required under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

SANITATION. The Commission on Audit reveals 98% of barangays in Davao City failed to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act.

Metro Manila landfills full, unusable in 20 years – MMDA

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:30 AM

According to a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority report the increase in trash cost taxpayers P1 84 billion in tipping fees

ALMOST FULL. The three landfills being used by the capital region will be full by 2037, the MMDA reports. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro to close illegal dumpsite, open new landfill in April

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The new landfill located in a 45 hectare property in Barangay Pagalungan is compliant with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

Trees are starting to grow at the rehabilitated part of the old city dumpsite which will be closed on April 15, 2017 while complete rehabilitation will continue this year. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Waste-to-energy technologies in PH? 'Go zero waste instead'

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is considering the adoption of waste to energy facilities in the country But environmental scientist Jorge Emmanuel explains why this may not be a good idea

QC gov't appeals closure of Payatas landfill

Jan 21, 2017 - 6:41 PM

But an environmentalist group says the the national government has already given too many extensions to the Quezon City government

DENR wants to shut down Payatas landfill by first quarter of 2017

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says they will no longer allow dumpsites near bodies of water

Cagayan de Oro officials asked to explain dumpsite violations

Oct 25, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Current and previous city officials are accused of violating the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act over the Zayas dumpsite

DUMPSITE DEPENDENT. At least 1,700 scavengers and garbage workers make a dangerous living from Cagayan de Oro's decades-old dumpsite. Photo courtesy of Bobby Lagsa

Eastern Visayas office face complaints over open dumpsites

May 28, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Letecia Maceda regional director of the Environmental Management Bureau says the mayors have 6 months to submit and implement their corrective action plans

STILL IN OPERATION. This photo shows one of the open dumpsites in Eastern Visayas. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Tree park to rise in Cagayan de Oro’s old landfill

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:32 AM

Cagayan de Oro residents commend the construction of the tree park which is expected to bolster a greener city

SCAVENGE. The Zayas open dumpsite poses threats not just to the residents of nearby villages but also to the approximately two thousand scavengers and garbage workers making a living in the landfill itself. Photo by Jan Karlo Bajuyo

Ombudsman to probe 600 local execs for illegal dump sites

Feb 10, 2016 - 12:32 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has identified and submitted the list of 350 LGUs with recurring and blatant violations of open dump sites to the Ombudsman

OPEN DUMP SITE. Many local government units in the Philippines have yet to comply with the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. File photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

New Year trash in Manila: 'Totally unacceptable'

Jan 01, 2016 - 10:05 AM

EcoWaste Coalition says the holitrash after the New Year revelry can make one s stomach turn

POST-NEW YEAR TRASH. Street sweepers clean some of the garbage left following the New Year celebration in Luneta Park on January 1, 2016. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

10 ways to observe a garbage-free 'Undas'

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED A green group lists down ways to lessen garbage generated during visits to the cemetery on All Saints Day and All Souls Day

KEEP THE 'BASURA MONSTER' AWAY. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a tableau on October 30 to show citizens the ghastly effects of a garbage-ridden 'Undas.' Photos by Jose Del

Customs looking for alternative landfill for Canada trash

Jul 26, 2015 - 1:57 PM

The Bureau of Customs is forced to look for other landfills after Tarlac stopped the dumping of container vans in the province

'TOXIC' BURDEN. This is a file photo of the contents of one of the container vans illegally shipped from Canada. Photo from Change.org

Crop damages due to dry spell now worth P2.19B

May 25, 2015 - 10:43 PM

The agriculture department says 29 714 hectares of rice and 25 086 rice farmers are already affected by the prevailing dry spell

Ease floods, save money? How Potrero residents make it work

Apr 26, 2015 - 1:23 PM

Residents of flood prone Barangay Potrero hope to ease the flooding by learning how to sort their trash and save millions in landfill tipping fees

INFO CAMPAIGN. Residents of Barangay Potrero in Malabon learn about the proper ways to segregate their trash. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

SC petition filed to shut down Payatas landfill

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:25 PM

A group of concerned residents is seeking a Writ of Kalikasan against government officials for allowing the Payatas sanitary landfill to operate despite violations of environmental laws

LOST IN THE LANDFILL. Most of the garbage generated by Quezon City residents end up in the Payatas landfill. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Marikina food waste trucks turn trash into 'treasure'

Feb 24, 2015 - 9:05 AM

The city has begun collecting food waste from restaurants turning them into fertilizer and saving on city garbage expenses

COLLECTING FOOD WASTE. One of Marikina's two food waste trucks collects from around 40 food establishments in a day. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Reducing trash: Gingoog City's success story

Feb 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Gingoog City officials and residents join hands and succeed in reducing their trash from 22 tons to 6 tons per day

TREASURE FROM TRASH. Products made from recycle materials created by the women in Barangay Santiago, Gingoog City. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro's old dumpsite to be rehabilitated

Feb 03, 2015 - 5:59 PM

Four hectares of the dumpsite will be closed for rehabilitation as the city looks for a site for a new sanitary landfill – 9 years after the law requiring it took effect

DUMPSITE DEPENDENT. At least 1,700 scavengers and garbage workers make a dangerous living from Cagayan de Oro's decades-old dumpsite. Photo courtesy of Bobby Lagsa

Legarda scolds officials for 'promoting' waste-burning

Feb 02, 2015 - 8:43 PM

The National Solid Waste Management Commission admits to entertaining proposals from foreign firms to put up waste burning facilities despite a law banning these

6 creative ways to go 'zero waste'

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:54 PM

At the first Philippine Zero Waste Fair experts and entrepreneurs teach you how to live sustainably

OUT OF THE BIN. Entrepreneurs get their creative juices going in recycling and reusing. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Legarda vows to block waste incineration in the Senate

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:42 PM

The promise comes at a time when lawmakers and government agencies are touting waste burning as the solution to unmanageable garbage in Philippine cities

What to make of Quezon City's supposedly 'green' policies?

Nov 21, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Quezon City prides itself in being a green city but some of its policies especially those related to garbage management come across as half baked

To burn trash or not to? Debate in PH rages on

Nov 20, 2014 - 5:14 PM

Government agencies who want to lift the ban on waste incineration cite the growing problem of garbage management Environmentalists say there is no need for an expensive and possibly harmful technology

How recycling trash puts food on the table

Oct 16, 2014 - 12:08 PM

On World Food Day 2014 find out how a village s organic waste management puts healthy food on the tables of the hungry

Metro Manila spent P4.2B to get rid of 2013 garbage

Oct 06, 2014 - 5:49 PM

Quezon City tops the list as its garbage hauling expenses near the P1 billion mark

Gov't to draft rules on waste-to-energy burning amid protests

Aug 12, 2014 - 4:12 PM

The guidelines are being crafted despite provisions in two laws that prohibit waste incineration

BURNING WASTE. This is a waste-to-energy incineration plant in Hesse, Germany. Photo by Norbert Nagel from Wikimedia Commons

Lessons from Quezon City's flood drills

Aug 01, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Are you living in flood prone areas? Here s what you need to know

ON THE GO. The emergency aid team in action

A town saved by mangroves

Jun 30, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Palompon could ve been any other devastated town after Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the area but the town was spared; all thanks to their mangroves

Palompon after Yolanda