International Coastal Cleanup Day celebrated on Saturday couldn’t have come sooner for the Philippine capital, Manila. Environmentalists organised a massive drive in several areas of the city to collect huge amounts of waste that washes ashore everyday.
About 5,000 volunteers, government workers and activists collected plastics and other non-biodegradable waste from the coast and water.
Rene Santotome from the Philippine Coastguard says people “should stop throwing out trash that will clog the drainage system and contribute to the severe flooding in Manila.”
Glacy Macable from the Save Freedom Island Movement believes there will be “a change. It will take some time, but somebody needs to start the initiative and continue” the campaign.
International Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual campaign initiated by environmental activists every third Saturday in September.
Its aim is to raise awareness for the growing problem of waste affecting coastlines around the world.