Unsustainable human behavior and practices in relation to waste disposal invariably result to environmental degradation. Issues on these add to the ever-growing myriad of concerns and problems that beset highly urbanized centers all over the world. Previous and more recent studies on waste disposal in Baguio, an upland highly urbanized city in northern Philippines, indicate that the same problems still haunt this metropolis. The city's fast-growing population and the unabated in-migration of people from the lowlands and from adjacent mountain provinces contribute to an infinitely increasing volume of waste generation, more rampant use of plastic materials and on the over-all, the worsening garbage problem of the city. Poor solid waste management, inefficient technological solutions and measures put in place by the local government unit have failed to address the city's waste disposal issues. A more pressing problem, however, is the resultant pollution of creeks, streams and river systems that flow into low-lying areas and how this has affected the water supply and the health of the residents of the localities. Various non-government organizations and people's organizations have joined forces to promote activities that will educate and foster the involvement of the residents on the waste disposal issues currently plaguing Baguio City.
Ofelia D. Giron, University of the Philippines Baguio, The Philippines
Stream: Environmental Sustainability & Human Consumption: Waste
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