THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Central Visayas is urging the Cebu City Government and all business establishments along the Sinulog parade route to make available strategically located waste receptacles that would encourage trash segregation.
This is in line with the upcoming festivities related to the Sinulog 2018 celebration tomorrow where a crowd reaching more than a million are expected to troop to the streets.
“The feast of the Santo Niño is a well-cherished and treasured tradition among the Cebuanos, let us help in making this celebration more meaningful by minimizing our garbage and do away some practices that would harm the environment and our health,” said DENR-Central Visayas director Gilbert Gonzales.
By making properly labeled garbage bins like biodegradable, non-biodegradable and recyclables to be put up in strategic sites, waste materials could be easily collected, Gonzales said.
He also encouraged the public to take green initiatives to show care for the environment while enjoying the celebration by bringing separate trash bags for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste.
The public can further minimize trash during the Sinulog festivities by using re-usable utensils and bringing only sufficient amount of food and drinks placed in reusable or recyclable containers.
Gonzales said bringing home any leftovers for reheating, pet food, or compost material can also help reduce waste.
“Cebu City is now experiencing many flooded areas even during light to moderate rains, let us not add to the problem by leaving uncollected and unsegregated waste spread on the streets or in open lots that find their way into and choke our rivers and esteros, posing risks to the health and safety of surrounding communities during heavy rains,” reminded Gonzales.
Accordingly, present data recorded by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-Central Visayas in Cebu City generates an estimated waste discharge of 650 tons per day in an ordinary day. (JKV/SunStar Cebu)