PlastiCount Pilipinas

Counting and Visualizing Marine Plastics Pollution in the Philippines

Plastics in the Philippines

Plastic pollution is a problem that's been around since the 1960s. But now, it is more than just a nuisance: It's a full-blown epidemic. It's getting worse, and we must understand what to do about it.

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© Norchel Corcia Gomez

Counting and Visualizing the Plastics Problem

The Philippines has a plastic problem. According to the World Bank, the country is estimated to produce 2.7 million tons of plastic waste annually—20% of which finds its way into the ocean. The fishing, shipping, and tourism industries are at risk due to the country's high volume of trash floating in the sea.

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The Department of Science and Technology through the Grants-in-Aid program and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), and the Marine Science Institute at the University of the Philippines Diliman have embarked on a project to quantify the country's plastic pollution problem through the JST-UKRI-DOST Science and Technology and Action Nexus for Development (STAND) framework.

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© Maria Beverly Sambajon

Project Goals

PlastiCount Pilipinas aims to make the public aware of the effects of plastics, especially in the marine environment. It also wants to amplify the interest relevant to plastics and microplastics research, which can aid in creating evidence-based policy decisions on waste management.

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