The Philippines

By Mario
Published: Thursday 15 March 2001

The Philippine government has introduced a new law that requires local government units (lgus) in Manila to reduce their waste disposal by 25 per cent within five years. To achieve this target, lgus must segregate, recycle, compost and reuse waste. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the country's president, also announced that a 'garbage summit' would be held soon to allow groups to "sit together and come to a consensus for a long-term solution."

A national commission on solid waste management has also been set up comprising representatives from the government, recycling, manufacturing and packaging industries to tackle the problem. Only 84 per cent of waste in Manila is collected, the rest is left to rot on the streets or dumped into rivers. There is only one site for dumping 6,000 tonnes of waste generated by the city.

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