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5 ways to take care of the environment during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:26 AM

While the world continues to make sense of a reality scarred by the virus, EcoWaste Coalition lists ways that people can do to help address both the coronavirus outbreak and the climate crisis

‘Trash-lacion’: EcoWaste blasts Black Nazarene devotees for littering at Luneta

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Despite signages warning against littering, the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Thursday, January 9, leaves a trail of trash

EcoWaste warns vs firecracker use, balloon releases on New Year's Eve

Dec 29, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The environmental watchdog also asks Filipinos to keep parks clean as they celebrate the arrival of the New Year

NOT ECO-FRIENDLY. Fireworks light up the sky behind the Rizal Shrine in Manila on January 1, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

With polio back, EcoWaste wants more DOH funds to build toilets

Sep 22, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Only P2 million is allotted under the DOH's proposed 2020 budget to build sanitary toilets

POLIO OUTBREAK. The Department of Health declares a polio outbreak after the first case of the disease was recorded in the country after 26 years.

PH, Taiwanese groups seek probe into OFW's death in Taiwan factory

Sep 06, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Taiwan's Environmental Quality Protection Foundation and the EcoWaste Coalition of the Philippines urge the Taiwanese government to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the death of 29-year-old Deserie Castro Tagubasi

TRAGIC DEATH. Filipino worker Deserie Castro Tagubasi died during a workplace accident in Taiwan. Photo from the Facebook page of Deserie Castro Tagubasi

PH eyes customs strike team vs foreign waste imports

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:25 PM

'As time is of the essence, we hope the Bureau of Customs strike team versus foreign waste imports will be set up soon,' says EcoWaste Coalition

FOREIGN WASTE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads "Philippines is not a dumpsite" during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. in Olongapo City, Zambales province, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Mercury found in smuggled whitening products in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Some effects of mercury in skin whitening products, according to the World Health Organization, are discoloration and scarring, among others

MERCURY-LACED. Many whitening products for sale in certain Mindanao cities were found to be contaminated with high levels of mercury./ Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

After 2019 polls, people urged to clean up ‘election trash’

May 15, 2019 - 9:15 AM

EcoWaste Coalition also suggests several ways to manage trash from the campaigns

LEFT BEHIND. Election paraphernalia are scattered across various polling precincts during the elections on Monday, May 13. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Trash pile up on election day, May 13

May 13, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Water bottles, campaign materials of local politicians, and sample ballots distributed to voters litter polling precincts

Nagmistulang basurahan ang labas at loob ng ilang polling precint dahil sa mga iniwan at nagkalat na election Paraphernalia ng mga botante. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Single-use plastics, still the environment's number 1 enemy

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The government's cleanup program makes it easier to convince the public to adapt environmentally-friendly habits

Image via Shutterstock

EcoWaste Coalition ‘laments’ widespread littering at popular pilgrimage destinations

Apr 19, 2019 - 2:46 PM

EcoWaste Coalition appeals to the faithful to be conscientious for a 'garbage-free Holy Week'

Environment group gives tips for 'trash-free' Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Here are some tips from EcoWaste Coalition on observing an eco-friendly Holy Week this year

READY FOR PALM SUNDAY. Vendors at Santo Nino de Tondo Parish start making palms in preparation for Palm Sunday. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

TIPS: How to conserve water

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Here are some practical tips from the EcoWaste Coalition

From tarpaulins to funds from mining: What 2019 candidates should avoid

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Environment groups call for ‘clean, green’ 2019 elections

South Korea taking back trash dumped in PH, Canada's plans still murky

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

'Sending the garbage back to its origin is only just, moral, and lawful,' says EcoWaste Coalition

Cove Manila balloon drop to set 'record-breaking wastefulness,' says watchdog

Dec 30, 2018 - 3:17 PM

EcoWaste Coalition urges the nightclub to cancel its attempt to set a world record on New Year's Eve

BALLOON DROP. Nightclub Cove Manila announced it was set to attempt a 'record-breaking' balloon drop with 130,000 balloons.

After trash litters Luneta, watchdog asks: Keep parks clean

Dec 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

After visitors left their trash in Luneta Park on Christmas Day, Ecowaste Coalition reminds the public that littering is strongly discouraged

CLEAN-UP. A street cleaner gathers used plastic bottles, plastic bags, and trash left behind from visitors during their holiday celebration in Luneta Park. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After criticism, no more balloon releasing in next Mimaropa Festival

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Mimaropa's top tourism official thanks EcoWaste Coalition for pointing out that releasing balloons is harmful to the environment

Photo from the Arawatan & Mimaropa Festival 2018 Facebook page

Eco group slams Mimaropa Festival's balloon releasing activity

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'Releasing balloons into the air is no laughing matter, especially for marine animals who bear the brunt of this wasteful practice,' says zero waste campaigner Daniel Alejandre

EcoWaste Coalition warns May 14 poll bets against using 'harmful' tarpaulins

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Cadmium, which is present in PVC plastics, may have dangerous effects on the kidney, and skeletal and respiratory systems

Nazareno 2018: Devotees reminded to keep Rizal Park clean

Jan 06, 2018 - 8:33 AM

'The protection and preservation of Rizal Park and the city's environment must also be at the core of our devotion to the Black Nazarene,' says the EcoWaste Coalition

Fidget spinners pose choking hazards – environment group

May 20, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Fidget spinners are fun to play with But their small parts may not be tightly secured can come off and get ingested by kids warns environmental advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition

Trash dumping in pilgrimage sites 'inexcusable,' eco group says

Apr 16, 2017 - 9:29 AM

EcoWaste Coalition posts photos of mounds of trash in popular Lenten pilgrimage sites

HEAP OF TRASH. EcoWaste Coalition posts photos of trash found at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

12 tips for a 'low-carbon, zero-waste' Holy Week

Apr 08, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Zero waste advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition also calls on Filipinos to observe climate friendly practices this coming Holy Week

Black Nazarene devotees told: No smoking, littering in Rizal Park

Jan 07, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Green group EcoWaste Coalition appeals to the devotees to help pick up trash at the Quirino Grandstand and the parade ground on Monday January 9

NAZARENO. Thousands of devotees of the Black Nazarene flood the streets of Quiapo District during the 2016 Traslacion. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes

Eco group holds anti-firecracker parade in QC

Dec 30, 2016 - 12:28 PM

Around 500 residents and local officials join the parade urging the public to ditch firecrackers in welcoming the New Year

ANTI-FIRECRACKER PARADE. Barangay Project 6 officials and residents in Quezon City flaunt alternative noisemakers mostly from recycled materials to welcome the New Year in a safe and non-toxic way at an event lead by the EcoWaste Coalition on Friday at the Barangay Hall. Photo by Darren Langit

Kids, teens, don't spend money on firecrackers

Dec 27, 2016 - 11:31 AM

In 2016 most of those injured by firecrackers were children younger than 14 years old They accounted for 500 of the 920 firecracker related injuries

Keep public parks trash-free during the holidays

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition warns trash can become a breeding ground for disease causing bacteria insects and pests including mosquitoes that carry chikungunya dengue and Zika

Minimize your holiday trash, eco group reminds Filipinos

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The zero waste advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition urges Filipinos to be more eco friendly revelers as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach

POST-NEW YEAR TRASH. Street sweepers clean some of the garbage left following the New Year celebration in Luneta Park on January 1, 2016. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

No more cancer-causing chemical in Belo Essentials products – ISCI

Aug 07, 2016 - 12:03 AM

Intelligent Skin Care Inc ISCI says they were unable to revise and adjust their packaging ingredients list because their supplier failed to inform them the banned ingredient had been removed

Consumer group to Belo: Stop sale of cancer-causing products

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:24 PM

UPDATED The manufacturer of Belo Essentials clarifies however that since 2009 the banned chemical isobutyl paraben has been removed from their products

SONA 2016: Mixed reactions to Duterte's environmental plans

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:45 PM

What do advocates have to say about President Rodrigo Duterte s statements on different environmental issues during his first State of the Nation Address?

ENVIRONMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte talks about different environmental issues during his first State of the Nation Address. Duterte photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Fragranced cosmetics for Father's Day? Wait, hold on

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:23 PM

According to the EcoWaste coalition some cosmetics containing fragrances can disrupt hormonal functions and affect sexual and reproductive health

Poe, Roxas, Santiago weigh in on controversial Canada trash

Apr 23, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Green group EcoWaste Coalition says only the 3 candidates responded to their 9 point questionnaire on wastes and toxics

#PHVoteWatch: Politicians' names found in school medals

Mar 31, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Netizens question the inclusion of politicians names in school awards

Erap, Alfredo Lim hit for 'trashy' proclamation rallies

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:11 AM

The EcoWaste Coalition reminds candidates in local elections to heed the government led drive to clean up after campaign events

'DIRTY' CAMPAIGN. EcoWaste Coalition slams Joseph 'Erap' Estrada for not keeping his proclamation rally in Manila clean. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Watch that gift mug, it could contain deadly chemicals

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:39 PM

The EcoWaste Coalition finds high levels of lead in 22 out of 23 mug samples tested

TOXIC. EcoWaste Coalition says mugs and cups with toxic lead glazes are common throughout the year, not just on Valentine's Day

Ombudsman to probe 600 local execs for illegal dump sites

Feb 10, 2016 - 12:32 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has identified and submitted the list of 350 LGUs with recurring and blatant violations of open dump sites to the Ombudsman

OPEN DUMP SITE. Many local government units in the Philippines have yet to comply with the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. File photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Plastic banderitas 'extremely wasteful' – watchdog

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:04 PM

After fiestas and when cleanups begin plastic bags used as banderitas make garbage disposal harder and more expensive

Tons of trash during Traslacion 'deplorable' – watchdog

Jan 10, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Devotees leave behind 30 truckloads of garbage along the Black Nazarene procession route

A combine team from the Manila City Hall Department of Public Services (DPS) and the MMDA cleans up the vicinity of Plaza Miranda and Quiapo Church in Manila at the end of the Traslacion or the Black Nazarene Procession. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Jan 01, 2016 - 6:49 PM

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New Year trash in Manila: 'Totally unacceptable'

Jan 01, 2016 - 10:05 AM

EcoWaste Coalition says the holitrash after the New Year revelry can make one s stomach turn

POST-NEW YEAR TRASH. Street sweepers clean some of the garbage left following the New Year celebration in Luneta Park on January 1, 2016. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

'Respect your lungs, don’t use fireworks'

Dec 28, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Will Metro Manila welcome 2016 with dangerous levels of air pollution due to fireworks?

TOXIC REVELRY. During the first few hours of the new year, air pollution in Metro Manila skyrockets

9 steps to keep pets trauma-free during New Year revelry

Dec 26, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Our four legged friends particularly cats and dogs suffer in silence as firecrackers and fireworks of varying intensity are ignited says PAWS

Animal rights advocates with their pets join in a campaign calling the public not to use firecrackers during the New Year celebration at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Manila on December 29, 2012. File photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

What green groups want to tell APEC leaders

Nov 16, 2015 - 6:20 PM

With world leaders coming to Manila this week environmentalists take the opportunity to air their concerns on mining illegally imported garbage and GMOs

MESSAGE TO WORLD LEADERS. Environments air their concerns to world leaders attending the APEC summit in Manila. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

PH groups urge Canadian PM: Take back illegal trash

Nov 13, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Such action will show that his government does not and will not condone the illegal garbage trade that is treating low and middle income countries as dumps say environmentalists

NEW LEADERSHIP. Can new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally resolve the issue of illegal Canada garbage stranded in the Philippines? File photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

10 ways to observe a garbage-free 'Undas'

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED A green group lists down ways to lessen garbage generated during visits to the cemetery on All Saints Day and All Souls Day

KEEP THE 'BASURA MONSTER' AWAY. The EcoWaste Coalition stages a tableau on October 30 to show citizens the ghastly effects of a garbage-ridden 'Undas.' Photos by Jose Del

Group to candidates: No ‘trashy’ campaigning

Oct 12, 2015 - 11:55 AM

Should candidates in the 2016 elections be required to clean up after political campaigns?

Makati gov’t confiscates beauty products sold in Guadalupe

Aug 18, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Under orders from acting Mayor Kid Peña the Makati Health Department confiscates beauty and cosmetic products banned by the Food and Drug Administration

BANNED. Acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña issues the directive after EcoWaste Coalition sent him a complaint letter about the products. File photo of Peña by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Manila urged to stop street sale of poisonous substances

Jun 27, 2015 - 2:03 PM

Chlorine and oxalic acid in granular form are repacked without proper labeling and sold by street vendors in Ilaya Sta Elena and Tabora for at least P20

'POLICE STREET VENDORS.' Street vendors in Manila use bicycle with side car as rolling stores. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes