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Local officials propose tipping fee for Boracay trash

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:57 PM

A tipping fee is charged by the waste processing facility for maintenance cost

TRASH. A day away before the official opening of Boracay on October 26, paper cups, plastic straws, cigarette butts and other garbage items were seen scattered near the shoreline. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

WATCH: What can you do about plastic pollution

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The world is producing 400 million tons of plastics every year, mostly packaging discarded after just one use

Aiming for zero: cities, companies ramp up climate goals

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Jointly organized by California governor Jerry Brown and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the 3-day gathering is a showcase for initiatives, big and small, to reduce humanity's carbon footprint

GLOBAL CONCERN. A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Pope Francis urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The Pope also says that access 'to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right' and deplored that for many it was 'difficult if not impossible'

PAPAL MESSAGE. In this file photo, Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

A zero waste lifestyle: How have other people done it?

Aug 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Two organizations get together to hold a workshop on discussion of a zero-waste lifestyle

Sent packing: Hong Kong's elderly cardboard collectors

Aug 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

China's ban on imported trash could not only wipe out work for elderly cardboard collectors but would also be devastating for the cities' depots too

Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

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)

Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay – for now

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Greenpeace says some 12 million tons per year of plastic, mostly in the form of single-use packaging, are dumped into the world's oceans, creating an ecological nightmare

PLASTIC TRASH. File photo taken on May 19, 2018 shows a stuffed toy of the Sesame Street character "Elmo" surrounded by plastic waste on a beach on the Freedom island critical habitat and ecotourism area near Manila. Photo by  Noel Celis/AFP

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?

Multinationals are top plastic polluters in the Philippines – report

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'It's time we hold these companies accountable. They cannot continue raking in money and then passing on the responsibility and costs of cleaning their mess to cities and Filipino taxpayers,' says environmentalist Froilan Grate

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.

Green groups to Puerto Princesa gov’t: Do homework on waste-to-energy plants

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Environmental groups say the city government has to carefully study its multibillion-peso deal with AustWorks Corporation

NO TO INCINERATION. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project.  Photo from No Burn Pilipinas Facebook page

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)

Green groups: Scrap Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The No Burn Pilipinas coalition says the project is 'illegal' and likely to fail

PROTESTS. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project. Photo from Facebook/No Burn Pilipinas

Taiwanese protesters rally for 'nuclear-free homeland'

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'The government should move forward, not backwards and restarting the reactor would be a regression,' says lawmaker Huang Kuo-chang, head of the opposition New Power Party

NO NUKES. Activists march during an annual protest against the use of nuclear energy in Taipei on March 11, 2018. Hundreds of Taiwanese people took to the streets in Taipei on March 11 to demand the government keep its pledge to abolish the use of nuclear nuclear energy by 2025. Photo by Pichi Chuang/AFP

Secondhand smartphone market takes off but far from green

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:54 PM

'There's a dirty side to our tech obsession: trainloads of e-waste trundling out of our cities and towards hellish waste dumps in Africa and Asia,' the EEB network of environmental groups say in a statement

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Dec 28, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country's trash problem

WASTE. This photo taken on December 19, 2017 shows rubbish collectors picking up trash on Kuta beach near Denpasar, on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali. Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana's toxic dump

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The United Nations has said that salvaging materials for recycling provides income for more than 64 million people in the developing world

ART. Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko works on a clock, the pieces of which were found at Agbogloshie dumpsite, at his workshop at Ashesi University College where he studies, outside Accra on November 29, 2017. Photo by Cristina Aldehuela/AFP

Youth involvement is San Fernando's secret in achieving zero waste

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

In San Fernando, Pampanga, schools and the youth play a huge part in implementing zero waste

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Trudeau hit for Canada garbage in PH

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:34 PM

'PM Trudeau, clean as you go. Take your garbage with you!' says a critic ahead of the ASEAN Summit, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized by environmental groups over the export of Canada's garbage to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Don't turn cemeteries into dumpsites, Cimatu tells Filipinos

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu gives tips on how to observe a garbage-free Undas

Cimatu file photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

5 tips for traveling in an eco-friendly way

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Lessen your impact on the environment while traveling with these tips

ZERO WASTE. Containers are recycled and refilled with toiletries to keep them from ending up in landfills. Photo courtesy of MUNI

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

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

How to start a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Learn how to reduce waste and lead a sustainable lifestyle

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima s No 3 reactor

Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

4 hal yang bisa dilakukan untuk mengurangi sampah makanan

Jul 18, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Tahukah kamu jika setiap orang di Indonesia membuang makanan seberat 300 kilogram setiap tahun?

What if our farmers give up on us?

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers even in small ways

FARMERS. Let us rethink ways to help farmers in the Philippines

Let's re-educate ourselves about the environment

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:59 AM

With the expected growth in population how much more of this waste will be left in the streets in coming years?

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

WATCH: How to repurpose plastic bottles into ecobricks

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Plastic Solutions movement helps address the problem of plastic waste in Philippine seas

ECOBRICKS. Hundreds of ecobricks are used to build this wall of a hostel in Zambales. Photo by Raisa Serafica

San Miguel to propose $2-B Metro Manila spillway project

May 29, 2017 - 7:40 PM

In exchange Ramon Ang wants the government to give San Miguel the right to use waste materials from Laguna de Bay for power generation

FLOOD CONTROL. To be built at no cost to the government, Ang says he will push through with it if the government will give San Miguel the right to use the waste materials for its planned power generation capacity. Rappler file photo

Baguio implements plastic ban – 10 years after passing ordinance

May 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Bayong Ordinance – a local law prohibiting businesses from giving plastic shopping bags and containers to customer – was passed in 2007 The new batch of councilors now has just passed its amended version

OLD LAW. The ordinance that the Baguio City government starts implementing, banning plastic and styrofoam containers, is a recycled ordinance from 2007.

12 tips for a 'low-carbon, zero-waste' Holy Week

Apr 08, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Zero waste advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition also calls on Filipinos to observe climate friendly practices this coming Holy Week

1 dead, 28 missing in Indonesia landslide

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:06 PM

UPDATED A wall of mud after heavy rainfall damages dozens of homes in Ponorogo district East Java

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

QC approves Metro Pacific-led group's waste-to-energy project

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The project can convert Quezon City s municipal solid waste into renewable energy that would be enough to power as many as 90 000 homes

RENEWABLE ENERGY. The unsolicited project involves the construction of an integrated solid waste management facility capable of processing and converting up to 3,000 metric tons per day of Quezon City’s municipal solid waste into 42 megawatts of renewable energy

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