As mandated by Presidential Proclamation no. 760, dated May 5, 2014, January is also known as the Zero Waste Month. This is also the 20th signing anniversary of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. 

Zero waste is an advocacy that promotes the designing and managing of products and processes to avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials.

This January, amidst the pandemic and despite the increase of healthcare and special wastes, we urge everyone to keep in mind that this is not a set-back from our Zero Waste advocacy.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources thru the Environmental Management Bureau aims to provide guidance on the proper management of all COVID-19 related health care waste in all health facilities, community quarantine units, and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities. The EMB thru the Solid Waste Management Division and the Environmental Education and Information Division will also continue the strengthening of its IEC campaign on the proper management of solid waste management as well as the campaign to a sustainable lifestyle.

We invite everyone, from LGUs to academe to private entities, to join our series of webinar to kick-off the Zero Waste Month. We’ll also be launching online trivia games and other activities. Follow the EMB Central Office Facebook Page for updates and schedule of the webinar.

Here’s to a sustainable 2021!