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PIA Press Release
2005/12/23

DENR urges celebration of a waste free Christmas

Quezon City (23 December) -- Christmas is a season filled with gift-giving, festivities and parties, and quite expectedly, wastes generated from food left-over and gift-wrappers will abound. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges everybody to properly manage your solid wastes during the holiday season.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Mike Defensor said that the Christmas tradition of sharing and giving, can better be observed through the proper management of garbage.

How do we celebrate a waste free Christmas? Here are some tips:

Segregate your wastes. Manage garbage by putting up three labeled bins; one for biodegradable or compostable wastes (food left-overs); one for recyclable materials (bottles and caps, cans, plastic and paper gift wrappers); and another, for residual wastes (soiled snack wrappers and polystyrene packages). Hazardous wastes like defective Christmas lights, paints, batteries, and even firecrackers should be stored in a safe place.

Recover your left-overs. Christmas parties generate a lot of left-overs. Give discarded food left-overs to pets, or to pig slop collectors. You can also process your left over into composts! Just put them in clay pots (or any available container!) and cover with soil. Better yet, prepare just enough food for the expected number of guests.

Recycle! Recycle! Recycle! Use wrappers made from recycled paper or even pages from newspapers or comics for wrapping gifts; and if you receive gifts, donít tear gift wrappers; instead sort them neatly for the waste collectors, or set them aside for use next Christmas.

Gift-giving. Careful consideration in purchasing gifts and other items this Christmas will also enormously reduce the amount of useless packaging materials that would only end up as garbage. Better, patronize gifts and products made of recycled materials like stationeries, and other crafts. For toys and gadgets as gifts, buy such with rechargeable batteries, or those that will not require batteries.

Good deed. Reduce waste by offering personal services as gifts. Do good deeds like storytelling to children, helping family members with their chores, or by giving donations to less fortunate individuals and families. Remember, less stuff means less wastes.

Maintaining a clean and safe environment is one of the best gifts to offer this holiday to each other. For more information on proper solid wastes management, contact the National Solid Waste Management Commission Secretariat at 920-2252 or visit www.emb.gov.ph/nswmc. (PIA) [top]

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