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In its effort to prevent indiscriminate disposal, EcoWaste Coalition is urging public service hopefuls as well as the general public to not just dismantle, but also repurpose campaign materials used during this year’s midterm elections.

EcoWaste Coalition calls on political parties and candidates to clean up campaign materials.

In a statement on Facebook, the group says the candidates and parties, regardless if they won or not, should take down their tarpaulins and posters without delay. “Kabit, sabi, or dikit mo, tanggal mo,” the group adds.

The EcoWaste Coalition is also reiterating that these items should be sorted and upcycled. “Upcycling, or the creative reuse of discards, is a practical way of saving resources from being burned or sent to the dumps and landfills for disposal,” says national coordination representative, Aileen Lucero.

The samples, made by bag maker Lolita Calusayan, “Junk Not” advocate Wilhemina Garcia, informal recyclers from Capulong, Manila, and the EcoWaste staff, are on display at the group’s event today in EDSA.

The groups displays a few samples of useful items that can be made from campaign materials.

Paper-based materials such as leaflets, posters, and sample ballots now come as bookmarks, envelopes, folders, mirror or photo frames, drawing pads, memo pads, name plates, scrap books, and teaching aids.

A kid sits down on a bean bag made from campaign tarpaulin.

Plastic posters cover both books and notebooks, while tarpaulins are primary material for bags and pouches in various shapes and sizes. It’s even used for mobile phone cases, upholstery, and car covers.

Meanwhile, the group calls on the Commission of Elections to “upgrade existing rules to ensure the judicious use of resources and eliminate the use of materials that are toxic and are difficult to reuse or recycle.”

What are your thoughts on these upcycling initiative?

Photos from EcoWaste Coalition

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