A flower shop owner at Dangwa flower center in Sampaloc Manila arranges sunflowers from Baguio on Saturday October 25, 2014, one week before the All Souls' Day.  (MNS photo)

A flower shop owner at Dangwa flower center in Sampaloc Manila arranges sunflowers from Baguio on Saturday October 25, 2014, one week before the All Souls’ Day. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An ecological group appealed to cemeteries to reduce their waste generation during Undas (All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days).

EcoWaste Coalition said cemeteries become major generators of garbage at this time.

“We call on cemetery administrators and concerned authorities to be vigilant against littering, indiscriminate disposal of garbage, burning of trash, and other wasteful and pollutive acts in cemeteries,” said campaigner Christina Vergara.

The group also called on cemetery administrators to stop the nailing commercial advertisements and public service announcements on trees.

It also asked cemetery authorities to strictly enforce prohibitions against littering and open burning and dumping.

The group listed measures that cemeteries can adopt:

  • Put up signs with actions visitors should take to keep the cemetery clean and waste-free
  • Assign materials recovery stations to deal with segregated discards until they are sold or brought to recyclers
  • Put up segregation bins in strategic areas
  • Engage the services of waste pickers or informal recyclers
  • Prohibit single-use plastic disposables, such as bags, cups, straws, and the like, inside the cemetery premises or require cemetery-goers to take disposables and  non-recyclable items back to their homes
  • Require vendors to serve food and beverages in reusable mugs and plates, and to have their own segregation bins
  • Penalize violators.

 “Personnel should be deployed before, during, and after Undas (October 31, November 1 and 2) to take on the responsibilities in the upkeep, sanitation, and clean-up of cemeteries,” the group said. (MNS)