MANILA - Filipinos should cut back on waste during the Christmas season as the holidays are expected to generate more garbage, the country's Environment minister said in a statement Sunday.
“The Christmas season produces the biggest volume of garbage in the country, especially in Metro Manila, where the waste generation baseline target for 2019 had already been surpassed as early as June,” said Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
He said Metro Manila generated over 66,000 cubic meters of garbage in the first six months of 2019, which was already more than the whole-year target of 58,112 cubic meters.
“Because of this, we really need to cut back on our consumption and waste, and get back to basics to make life easier and to help the environment in the process,” he added.
He recommended the use of eco-friendly materials for wrapping paper and gift bags, such as those made from bamboo, rattan, abaca and buri leaves, as these can be reused.
“The best way to reduce wrapping waste is to wrap a gift in something that’s part of the gift like a reusable tote bag,” he said.
Cimatu also advised people to use washable dinnerware and cutlery instead of paper plates and plastic cups, spoons and forks.
To avoid food wastage, the secretary urged the public to buy just enough food for everyone and have more vegetables than meat as meat products have larger carbon footprints.