Here's a Look at All the Trash After Manila Bay's Overflow

It will make you think about your use of plastic.

PHOTO BY Greenpeace Philippines

(SPOT.ph) The streets of Roxas Boulevard were littered by heaps of wet trash on August 11, brought about by the onslaught of Typhoon Karding. The "sea of trash" was due to the sudden rise of Manila Bay's water level and subsequent overflow. Mostly composed of plastics and styrofoam, blocked passages of Roxas Boulevard and contributed to the heavy traffic jams in Manila over the weekend.

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PHOTO BY Greenpeace Philippines
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In a Facebook post dated August 13, environmental organization Greenpeace Philippines posted an album of the sea of trash left behind by Typhoon Karding. In the post, the organization urged the public to re-examine their plastic consumption and the way it is negatively impacting the world. A 2017 study by Greenpeace found that the Philippines is the third largest contributor of plastic waste into the world's oceans. Additionally, the group claimed that manufacturers are slated to increase the production of disposable plastics by 40 percent over the next decade.

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In response, Greenpeace has started a petition to end plastic pollution worldwide. There are also cleanup efforts for Metro Manila's coastal areas open to volunteers on September 15 for the International Coastal Cleanup.

To sign Greenpeace's #BreakFreefromPlastic petition, log on to this website. For more information, log on to Greenpeace Philippines' Facebook page.

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