No Segregation, No Collection Policy – Makati – Contribution to Environmental Conservation

This month, November 2017, we have been receiving reminders of NO SEGREGATION, NO COLLECTION POLICY from our Makati City Government.

Let’s contribute to the cause of environmental conservation.

In November 13, 2017, we received this our mailbox:


The following week, we received this sticker:


The week after, November 24, 2017, we received this reminder from our Village Association:


I don’t know whether the Makati City Ordinance on Solid Waste Management Code contains essentially the same things as other ordinances on the same matter in other cities and municipalities.  I assume they are as they emanate from a national law [ Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003)]

In the Makati City Ordinance 2003-095, the following are stipulated for garbage or solid wastes from residential establishments:

  1. Sort and segregate the solid waste into biodegradable (wet) and non-biodegradable (dry).
  2. The days of the week for collection of biodegradable (wet) wastes are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  The days of the week for collection of non-biodegradable (dry) are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

That’s all we, residential owners, have to remember.  The rules are easy to follow.

As a committed contributor and an advocate of environmental conservation through residential garbage management, I will follow the above rules.  I will be reminded of the segregation into wet and dry wastes and collection days.

Note: A garbage truck just passed by our house while I was writing this (at 940 am).  Today is Sunday, November 26, 2017.  I gave the wet wastes.  I did not give the dry wastes which I will give on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday depending on the amount that I have gathered.  

As I was observing the gathering of the wastes by the garbage collectors, I saw them continually opening the garbage plastic bags when they sensed these bags contained recyclable wastes like plastic bottles, cans, etc.  They will bring recyclable wastes to the junk shops at the end of the collection trip.

My advice is to go beyond the segregation of solid wastes into wet and dry.   Although this rule of segregation into wet and dry wastes is simple to remember, one can go further by segregating, especially, the dry non-biodegradable wastes into recyclabled and non-recyclabled ones.  In this way, the garbage collectors do not have to open the garbage plastic bags anymore just to look for recyclables which poses some risks when they do this.

My advice is to segregate the following dry non-biodegradable recyclabled wastes and place in separate containers:

  • Papers
  • Cartoons
  • Newspapers
  • PET Plastics
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Batteries of cars and motorcycles
  • Electronic wastes
  • Steel
  • Others (pls. add)

Below showing examples of how I segregate my recyclabled wastes in the past and at present:


Assorted dry wastes.


Electronic wastes


Segregated white papers to be given to the garbage collectors (note: white papers are paid at the highest price in the junk shops)





Personal contribution at least – mine and yours!


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