Cigarette butts are the most common trash thrown on the streets of Metro Manila, based on the Anti-Littering Apprehension Report of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) last year.
The report showed that 12,918 individuals or 79% of the total violators were caught disposing of cigarette butts on the roads. Paper came in second with 1,524 individuals or 9.4%, followed by candy wrappers with 1,343 individuals or 8.3%.
These wastes clog drainage and waterways, causing flooding and environmental problems. The MMDA urged the public to be responsible citizens and dispose of their trash properly.
Under the MMDA Regulation No. 96-009 or Anti-Littering Law, littering or throwing garbage in public places carries a fine of P500 to P1,000 or community service.
The MMDA is also reminding the public that smoking is prohibited in public places, such as sidewalks, waiting areas, and public vehicles, under the Republic Act No. 9211 or Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.
The agency said it will continue to enforce the anti-littering law and the smoking ban to maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of the metropolis.
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