9,000 cigarette butts collected in cleanup drive in Trinidad
Participants in the cleanup initiated in observance of the World No Tobacco Day in La Trinidad collected more than four kilos of cigarette butts.
La Trinidad Municipal Environment Natural Resources Officer (Menro) Arthur Pedro said more than 9,000 cigarette butts or 4.190 kilograms of the waste were collected during the municipal-wide plalking activity on May 31.
The plalking or the walking while picking trash was also conducted as part of the municipal cleanup drive, which was spearheaded by the local government through the General Services Office-Menro, Municipal Health Office, and Municipal Tobacco Control Board and Smoking Control enforcement Unit led by Mayor Romeo K. Salda.
Pedro said the cigarette butts were picked along the Halsema Highway from the Bell Church to the Capitol and from the Pico-Puguis-Poblacion Road by 170 volunteers from government, civil society organizations, academe, and other members of the community.
The 16 barangays also conducted their respective cleanup drives to support the advocacy on cleanliness and stop smoking in the municipality.
Barangay officials in Alapang La Trinidad also appealed to the public to dispose their wastes properly and avoid littering or throwing their wastes including cigarette butts and plastic bottles along waterways and roadsides.
Barangay officials and volunteers from the community conducted a cleanup in support of the World No Tobacco Day. – PIA