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Dirty elections: 200 tons of poll campaign trash collected in Metro Manila

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has collected 29 truckloads equivalent to 200.37 tons of discarded election-related materials in Metro Manila.

In a statement on Friday, the MMDA said its Metro Parkway Clearing Group (MPCG) hauled campaign trash in the metropolis from March 1 to May 16.

The collected trash reached 23.42 tons on May 14; some 14.45 tons on May 15; and 17.08 tons on May 16 from major thoroughfares and the vicinity of public schools in Metro Manila during post-election clearing operations by the MPCG.

“The campaign materials will not be thrown away at landfills but will be converted to bags, place mats, baskets, school supplies, and other useful items,” MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said.

“Environmental groups who want to recycle the campaign materials may coordinate with the agency,” he added.

A task force was created by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), MMDA, Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Philippine National Police for “Oplan Baklas” to remove illegal campaign materials.

More than 100 MMDA personnel participated in the taking down and removal of campaign materials in major thoroughfares and several public schools in Metro Manila.

The collection of campaign trash for this year’s elections was lower compared to the 2016 elections wherein campaign materials gathered reached 206 tons. (PNA)