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Malabon collects 23,000 kilos of trash from waterways

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More than 23,000 kilos of various wastes, mostly plastic, were recently collected by Malabon City environment department from its waterways.

The cleaning operation is being conducted every weekend on the city’s 18 waterways, including creeks, canals and rivers, as part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ‘Battle for Rivers and Esteros.

Data obtained by Manila Bulletin from City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) showed that at least 7043 kilos of wastes were collected in the first week of July, 7146 kilos in the second week, while 8960 in the last week.

The report also revealed that the Tullahan River Magsaysay, which is part of Malabon River, yielded the most number of wastes collected, with a total of 1,176 kilos.

CENRO Chief Mark Mesina said in an interview that cleaning operations are being conducted every weekend and remain ongoing as trash and garbage continue to be found on the city’s waterways.

“It may be because of lack of discipline of residents living near the waterways or because of the trash coming from the Manila Bay,” he said.

“But I’m still happy that every barangay is very eager to participate in the clean up drives,” he added. Around 400 to 500 volunteers are taking part in the weekly operations, the report added.

The 18 waterways in Malabon are part of the Malabon-Navotas-Tullahan-Tinajeros (MANATUTI) River System, which is connected to the Manila Bay.

The DENR has launched the ‘Battle for Rivers and Esteros’ to “reduce and remove the trash and garbages coming from and going to the Manila Bay,” Mesina said.

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