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    2013-04-30 16:26:44     CRIENGLISH.com

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  "Last year, if you saw this place it was littered with plastics. There were more plastics than sand, but this year you can see more sand, and that to us signifies more and more people are becoming aware of the issue. More and more people are volunteering, and joining us on cleanups, so sooner or later it's going to change. Sooner or later, and maybe finally, one day this whole beach will be cleaned."

    Environmental groups initiated a coastal cleanup drive at a marshland considered to be a sanctuary for birds, fishes and mangroves in Manila on Saturday (April 20) as part of their Earth Day campaign.

  About 200 volunteers and activists collected bottles, plastics and other non-biodegradable wastes that had washed ashore on the 175 hectare mangrove island, called Freedom Island, on the southwestern coast of Manila.

  Earth Island Institute Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Trixie Concepcion, said an average of two truckloads of non-biodegradable garbage are being collected during their routine monthly cleanup drives coming from the wastes of a nearby shanty community and landfill being washed up on the island's coastlines, and threatening the home of more than 82 species of migratory birds.

   The National Solid Waste Management Commission reported Manila having the highest number of garbage production in the Philippines with its 10 million inhabitants producing 8,700 tonnes of trash daily.

  Poor law enforcement on garbage segregation and environmental protection has been cited by activists as the reasons for waste problems in the Philippines.


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