DENR Pushes Public To Reduce Holiday Waste

DENR Is Urging The Public To Reduce Holiday Waste

There are alternatives to have an environment-concious holiday.
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With the gift-giving season in full swing, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged Filipinos to reduce the Christmas holidays’ impact on the environment.

According to a report from Inquirer.net, records from the DENR reveal that Metro Manila generated a total of 66,000 cubic meters of waste for the first half of 2019. That number surpassed this year's target of 58,112.31 cubic meters.

In a Facebook post on December 17, environment and health watchdog EcoWaste Coalition reminded the public to opt for a plastic-free and waste-free Christmas celebration.

The group wrote, “Specifically, reducing one’s plastic footprint during this festive occasion and beyond will help in cutting the demand for fossil fuels that [cause] global warming, and also cut the volume of plastics that is burned, buried or dumped into the oceans.”

The post also included tips on how to have a more environmentally-conscious holiday season.

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Jove Benosa, an EcoWaste zero campaigner said, “Opting not to wrap Christmas presents and saving the wrappers of gifts received will lessen the [number] of packaging materials hauled to dumps or landfills.” 

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