30 Sep '17, 8pm

This Philippine city is fighting ocean plastic with a clever solution to trash

This Philippine city is fighting ocean plastic with a clever solution to trash

In the northern Philippines, in the province of La Union, the small city of San Fernando is leading a revolution — in trash. Over the last two years, the once litter-covered city has transformed into a waste management leader. Today 78 percent of garbage is composted or recycled, on par with North America’s most enthusiastic waste-reducer, San Francisco. Composting and recycling keep garbage off the streets, and from tumbling into rivers and flowing out to sea. That’s an especially big deal in Southeast Asia, where millions of tons of plastic wash into the ocean every year. San Fernando’s transformation is uniquely local, but could be a model for the region, experts say. It points the way to litter-free cities, and ultimately, plastic-free seas. The blame game Our oceans are swimming in millions of tons of plastic trash. It’s a nasty soup of water bottles, Styrofoam cups, ...

Full article: http://oceana.org/blog/philippine-city-fighting-ocean-pla...

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