Mutinationals pollute six PH cities with plastic
Multinational firms are the main perpetrators of plastic pollution in six major cities in the country, according to an audit by an environmental group.
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) revealed that these giant firms include Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, PT Mayora, Colgate-Palmolive and Coca Cola.
The single-use plastic packaging operations of the six multinationals account for some 75% of all collected residual waste, or waste that cannot be composted nor recycled.
The survey covered the cities of Malabon, Quezon City, Batangas City, Nueva Vizcaya, Tacloban City, and San Fernando, Pampanga. Of the total waste collected, 61.3% are biodegradable, 19.2% are recyclable and 3.4% are hazardous.
“It’s time we hold these companies accountable. They cannot continue raking in money and then passing on the responsibility and costs of cleaning their mess to cities and Filipino taxpayers,” Froilan Grate, GAIA regional coordinator and MAF President, was
However, some of these firms have already laid down their commitments to cut down on plastic use.
Nestlé earlier disclosed its target to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.
For its part, Unilever had said that they are committed to “reduce the weight of the packaging used this decade by one third by 2020” while expanding its use of recyclable plastic content in their packaging to at least 25% by 2025.
Procter & Gamble, meanwhile, is aiming to slash packaging by 20% per consumer and make its packaging content 90% recyclable by 2020.