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Poll wastes increase country's projected waste by 40%

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday said the election-related wastes are expected to increase the country’s projected waste by 30% to 40% this year.

According to DENR the campaign materials used during the national and local election can add up to 6.68 to 8.90 million tons of waste to the 22.27 million tons that our country is expected to produce this year.

In accordance with Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, DENR Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna urged the candidates to encourage their supporters and volunteers to clean up and dispose of campaign materials accordingly.

“Win or lose, these candidates must consider the long-term consequences of their campaign materials in the environment. Therefore, they must encourage their supporters and volunteers to take down these materials, especially those made of plastic, and dispose these properly,” Sampulna said.

With the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) being a member of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) an advisory already issued to all the local government units (LGUs) to remind them to strictly enforce the pertinent provisions of RA 9003.

Meanwhile, to reduce the number of by-products disposed of in landfills, Sampulna suggested material recycling and upcycling.

“Candidates could show how sincere they are in serving the country this way,” Sampulna added.

The DENR with LGUs, will be “at the beck and call” of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure a resolution will be crafted in enforcing the candidates to remove their campaign materials after the election season. (JAFD/PIA-IDPD)

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