MANILA—Some 56 tons (51 metric tons, 51,000 kilograms) of garbage was collected at Luneta Park a day after Christmas, as holiday revelers left behind plastic utensils and leftovers, according to data from the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) released Thursday.
Most of the trash collected from the park were bottles, polystyrene foam cups, plates and picnic mats, PIO chief Julius Leonen told ABS-CBN News.
The city government has no way to compare the garbage accumulated this year and in 2018, because data last year is not available.
"Wala kaming nakuhang exact data or records from the past administration so we can't say kung gaano karami ang difference pero based sa staff na nasa gorund, mas konti lang compared to last year," Leonen said.
He attributed the decline to Christmas day rains that sent merrymakers packing early, and to the city government's ordinance against littering.
Under Mayor Isko Moreno's Ordinance No. 8572, or the "Tapat Ko Linis Ko Ordinance," those who do not clean their immediate surroundings will be fined between P500 and P5,000.
Those who will violate the ordinance for a fifth time could also be imprisoned up to 30 days.
"We will put emphasis in our communications campaigns to inform the public of the consequences kapag hindi sila naglinis ng kapaligiran," Leonen said.
Despite the loads of garbage collected, Leonen said there is still a "downtrend" when it comes to littering in the capital city.
Most of the post-Christmas litter this year was packed in plastic bags and placed near garbage bins, unlike in previous years when the trash was scattered in the field, Leonen said.
"We can credit this sa continuous na panawagan ni mayor sa public na panatiliing malinis ang kanilang kapaligiran. . . Though madami pa rin, it's a downtrend so may pinatutunguhan ’yung campaign," he said, adding that the city will provide more trash bins at public parks.