Here's a Look at All the Trash After Manila Bay's Overflow
It will make you think about your use of plastic.
he streets of Roxas Boulevard were littered by heaps of wet trash on August 11,2018 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.
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.
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.
Heaps of garbage in Manila Bay after heavy rains in 2018.
The discipline of every person begins in the mindset of oneself. Our mindset is not in alarming mode. We will still throw garbage anywhere. No one will tell us it is wrong. However, as roaring typhoons and other violent natural calamities hit our households, we might regret doing it, by about a percentage. My plea to the Filipinos is not to wait for the worst to come. It’s just simple: It’s wrong to litter, therefore don’t do it. We teach that to younger people. We should have at least the sense of responsibility to uphold what we say to them and do it for the benefit of the country. It’s disgraceful to see a littered park, a filthy bay and households near a sea of garbage. There must be reform. It starts with us. It’s not that hard to throw your garbage in a trash bin, isn’t it?
Manila Bay with Tons of Trash After Typhoon
Behind the cinematic waves of the typhoon are mounds of plastic trash that it brought and scattered all over the surrounding streets near the bay area. The mound of trash consist of shoes, bags, packaging sachets, bottle caps, plastic bag and styrofoam. Most of it are smashed into little pieces like something grated or shredded the plastic. These trash came from ocean and the neighboring cities that's connect to Manila bay. This is a reminder of the everyday habit of how simple it is to throw trash in a bin. It was a mess.
Shocking Photos of Manila Streets Literally Flooded With Trash Show Why We Need to Ditch Plastic…NOW
Following a dire combination of heavy storm and monsoon rains, Metropolitan Manila, one of the three metropolitan areas of the Philippines, was hit with massive amounts of plastic pollution. The waves of waste have engulfed parts of Manila as well as nearby provinces, clogging drainage and causing floods. The state of the area was captured by locals in pictures and videos shared online, revealing to the world the tragic sight of a landscape completely covered in waste that we usually do not see. Sadly, this is just a small part of the sum total of the man-made debris polluting the oceans.
Manila Bay overflows, bringing floods and garbage
Both lanes were not passable to light vehicles as of 9:20 a.m., the Manila Police District said.
Volunteers later picked up garbage by the sea wall.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said heavy rains will continue to pour over parts of the country despite Tropical Storm Karding's exiting before noon on Saturday.
Karding and a tropical depression outside the country both strengthen the southwest monsoon, weather officials said.
Some cities and municipalities in Luzon have suspended classes Saturday due to the monsoon rains.
Plastic trash from the ‘sachet economy’ chokes the Philippines’ seas
The Philippines generates an enormous amount of trash and is the third worst ocean plastic polluter in the world, according to a 2015 study in the journal Science.
The trash is piling up on land, clogging coastlines, spilling into the sea, and traveling to remote corners of the globe as the country fails to meet targets for improved waste management that it signed into law 18 years ago.
The central government claims it’s done all it can, and that the onus is on local governments and the Philippine people to solve the problem.
But environmental advocates disagree, saying the government could do more, including pressuring multinational corporations to change how they package their products.
MANILA, Philippines — Freedom Island is drowning in garbage. The last coastal frontier in the Philippine capital provides refuge to migratory birds and a thick mangrove forest there serves as a natural typhoon barrier for millions of city dwellers. Yet empty plastic water and soda bottles protrude from the sand, tattered clothes and plastic sheets hang over mangrove branches, and heaps of shampoo, toothpaste and soy sauce sachets litter the coastline.
The trash offers a filthy contrast to the tantalizing sunsets Manila Bay is famous for. It also illustrates strikingly the enormity of the garbage problem facing this developing nation of more than 100 million people. An archipelago of over 7,100 islands, the Philippines is the third worst ocean plastic polluter in the world, after China and Indonesia, according to a 2015 study in the journal Science. Globally, plastic pollution, especially of the ocean, is drawing increased attention as mounting research reveals the danger it poses to lifeforms across the food web.
The Philippines generates an estimated 43,684 tons of garbage daily, including 4,609 tons of plastic waste, according to government data, and proper disposal facilities are lacking for much of it. The trash is piling up on land, clogging coastlines, spilling into the sea, and traveling to remote corners of the globe as the country fails to meet targets for improved waste management that it signed into law 18 years ago. The central government claims it’s done all it can, and that the onus is on local governments to get their trash in order and on the Philippine people to dispose of their garbage more responsibly. But environmental advocates disagree, saying the government could do more, including pressuring multinational corporations to change their products.
Debris litter the scenic Roxas Boulevard near a seawall in Manila after Typhoon
The Philippines on Wednesday began cleaning up and tallying the damage bill from powerful Typhoon Nesat, which killed at least 21 people and left behind flooded towns, overflowing dams and damage to rice crops across northern island of Luzon.
Emergency services in the capital Manila began restoring electricity after the powerful storm unleashed fierce wind and sent huge waves crashing over seawalls.
Most deaths occurred in and around metropolitan Manila, which already was soaked by heavy monsoon rains ahead of the arrival Tuesday of Nesat, which brought more downpours and wind gusts of up to 93 miles per hour.
The typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Wednesday packing winds of 75 mph and was expected to make landfall on China's Hainan Island on Thursday evening or early Friday.
The Philippine disaster agency said 35 people were still unaccounted for and that 108 had been rescued.
How Super Typhoon Mangkhut will cause chaos when it slams into Asia
(BLOOMBERG) - For days now, Super Typhoon Mangkhut has been churning across the Pacific, keeping the millions of people potentially in its path on tenterhooks.
The powerful cyclone is forecast to make landfall in the Philippine province of Cagayan on Saturday morning (Sept 15), prompting Filipinos to brace for the worst.
Five years ago, Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded struck the country and killed more than 6,300 people.
Monsoon downpour messes with wedding, floods streets, spawns sea of garbage
The heavy monsoon downpour has caused floods, some reaching up to chest-deep, and prompted the evacuation of thousands.
Motorists struggled after the overflow from Manila Bay had spilled to the nearby Roxas Boulevard on Saturday. Waves of trash amassed in Manila Bay were also shown being cleaned up on Saturday and Sunday by volunteers in the aftermath of the downpour.