Marine advocate group: ‘clean, dry and sort’ method keeps plastic away from the ocean

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020   •   1180

The Philippines produce 2.7 metric tons of plastic waste every year. The United Nations reports that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. 

Ineffective waste management systems and consumers’ irresponsibleness are mainly referred to as culprits of ocean plastic pollution.

Aiming to resolve this problem, marine advocate group, Clean Our Oceans Project (CoOP)urges the public to “clean, dry, and sort” the plastic waste and converts it into “raw materials”.

According to CoOP founder, Anna Varona, cleaned, dried and sorted plastic trash according to the plastic resin code or number can be upcycled into brand-new durable products such as crates, chairs, trash can, trays and more. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Jonathan Co, founder of Sentinels Upcycling Technologies, said that most of the plastics can be upcycled. However, due to poor waste management and improper waste segregation, some plastics are not suitable for recycling.

Varona hopes that this simple clean, dry and sort method “will not only change the consuming behavior of the community but also will make the ocean free again from plastics.

To know more about the “clean, dry and sort” method, watch The Dive’s episode “The Oceans and The Plastics” and see how this method has changed lives. — Maribelle Boral-Cabling

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DENR alarmed over amount of healthcare waste ending up in PH seas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has expressed alarm over the amount of household healthcare waste, including face masks, that are ending up in Philippine seas.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said they have received reports that single-use face masks were found entangled in coral reefs of Anilao, Batangas.

The department official reiterated the hazards that disposable face masks, plastic face shields, and other household healthcare wastes pose on marine life.

He maintained that following health and safety protocols are vital in fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but it is equally important to be aware of each person’s responsibilities to the environment.

In view of this, Environment Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units (LGUs) Concerns Benny D. Antiporda said the DENR is already preparing remedial measures to resolve the issue.

“We have coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard to ensure that all international and inter-island vessels, and even fishing vessels, have placed yellow bins for the proper disposal and storage of generated COVID-19 related healthcare waste such as, used face masks, gloves, cottons, tissue papers, and testing kits,” he said.

DENR is also working closely with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in handling household healthcare wastes, cleaning of esteros, and reminding those living near waterways not to throw wastes directly in bodies of water. AAC


Let’s fight ocean trash together on International Coastal Cleanup Day!

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 6, 2019

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is inviting the public to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 21.

The major clean up sites are in Baseco, Tondo, Manila, CCP Complex & SM By The Bay, Pasay City, LPPCHEA, Navotas Centennial Park, Tanza Marine Tree Park, and PUP Sta. Mesa.

Volunteers can register here:

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The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago in Texas. The first clean up was led by two individuals, Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara.

The DENR said September was declared a National Clean Up Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 244 signed on Sept. 3, 1993 while World Clean and Green Week is also observed from Sept. 17-23 every year.—AAC

40 tons of plastic removed from the Pacific Ocean

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 2, 2019

Sausalito, CA—A non-profit organization has removed around 40 tons of plastic, including fishing nets, from the Pacific Ocean.

The Ocean Voyages Institute has completed a 25-day clean up which is one of the largest ocean clean-up mission in the world. The clean-up has covered the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, or more commonly known as the Pacific Gyre.

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Several experts said the Northern Pacific Gyre is part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch where huge amounts of waste are collected.

The organization’s prime target is recovering fishing gears since it poses more threat to marine life.

“Often weighing tons, these massive nets of nylon or polypropylene drift for decades, amassing plastic debris, ensnaring wildlife, and even entangling ships,” according to their statement.

READ: Trash found littering ocean floor in deepest-ever sub dive

Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of OV Institute said urgent action is needed to curtail the manufacture of throwaway plastics and prevent plastic trash from entering the oceans.

“It is very disturbing to be sailing through what was only decades ago a pristine ocean wilderness and find it filled with our all-too-familiar garbage,” she said.

Ocean Voyages Institute said an estimated 600,000 tons of this abandoned gear ends up in the oceans every year.

The United Nations reported some 380,000 marine mammals are killed every year by either ingesting or being caught in it.—AAC


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