Garbage Fines and Penalties

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Citing the closing of the dumpsite where our garbage was being hauled to as one of the reasons, our barangay decided to implement measures to improve garbage collection and lessen what will eventually end up in the landfills.

Earlier March, they distributed informative flyers regarding this. It listed how to segregate waste materials, how to compost and the laws that govern solid wastemanagement. 

Republic Act 9003 or The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 calls for required compliance on the (article 2) segregation of wastes and (article 3) collection and transport of solid wastes, among others. I think these two articles directly involves each Filipino citizen while the other articles have government branches in starring roles.

The flyer highlighted the fines and penalties for non-compliance of the laws:

Section 48/49: Prohibited Acts, Fines and Penalties

  • Littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters in public places, such as roads, sidewalks, canals, esteros or parks, and establishment, or causing or permitting the same.
    Fine/Penalty:  P300 to P1000 or 1 to 15 days community service to an LGU where such prohibited acts are committed or both.
  • Open burning of solid wastes.
    Fine/Penalty:  P300 to P1000 or 1 to 15 days imprisonment or both.
  • Causing or permitting the collection of non-segregated or unsorted wastes.
    Fine/Penalty: P1000 to P3000 or 15 days  to 6 months imprisonment or both.
  • Open dumping, burying of biodegradable or non-biodegradable materials in flood prone areas.
    Fine/Penalty: P1000 to P3000 or 15 days  to 6 months imprisonment or both.
  • Unauthorized removal of recyclable material intended for collection by authorized persons
    Fine/Penalty:  P300 to P1000 or 1 to 15 days imprisonment or both.
  • The mixing of source-separated recyclable material with other solid waste in any vehicle, box, container or receptacle used in solid waste collection or disposal
    Fine/Penalty:  P300 to P1000 or 1 to 15 days community service to an LGU where such prohibited acts are committed or both.

Imagine if these laws are strictly implemented.  And shouldn’t the posting of election materials in public places be considered as littering?

Learn more about the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 here.

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