MMDA collects 168.84 tons of campaign trash

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 15 2019 03:31 PM

Garbage collectors clean up election materials in front of the Fernando Maria Guerrero Elementary School in Manila on Tuesday. Most of the litter consist of posters and sample ballots distributed during election day, May 13.

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday said it collected a total of 168.84 tons of election-related materials from March 1 until May 14 or the day after the midterm elections.

This includes the 21,700 pieces or 23.42 tons of election-related campaign materials that filled up seven dump trucks collected in Metro Manila a day after the elections. 

“We target to rid the major roads in the metro of campaign materials and spruce up public schools until this week so the public can prepare for the opening of classes next month early,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.

Workers removed election materials pasted on concrete walls and fences as well as tarpaulins, buntings and posters hanging from electrical posts, wirings and trees. 

Street sweepers, meanwhile, cleared the vicinity of schools of leaflets, sample ballots and flyers.

Before the elections, 134,700 pieces or 145 tons of election-related materials were confiscated in various areas in Metro Manila under Oplan Baklas operation.

Oplan Baklas removed campaign materials outside the designated areas of the Commission on Elections.

Campaign materials are brought and stored at the flyovers in Santolan and Nagtahan for sorting and recycling.

“Various groups in need of candidates’ tarpaulins to recycle them into bags, place mats, school supplies and other useful items can coordinate with us,” said MMDA's Metro Parkway Clearing Group chief Francis Martinez.

The haul, Martinez said, is still lower compared to the 2016 national elections where campaign materials gathered reached 206 tons.

Cities of Manila, Quezon, Parañaque and Makati produced the most number of campaign materials.