A Twitter user posted a video of taking action towards an offender, after trash was thrown out of a car and into the road he was cycling on.
Netizen Frank, who is a native of Germany, wrote on his account, “Throwing rubbish out of your car and onto the street in front of me? I don’t think so, sweetie.”
Throwing rubbish out of your car and onto the street in front of me? I don’t think so, sweetie. pic.twitter.com/ZIIOyMKtj6
— Frank (@Amadeus_IOM) April 10, 2019
In the video, Frank held up a plastic bag containing the litter thrown from inside a van. He then immediately cycled to catch the moving vehicle and then returned the trash by respectfully knocking on the window of the passenger seat.
“This is not a bin. You threw that out, don’t do it,” the Twitter user said to the passenger of the van.
Social media users admired his daring and thanked him for his good deed.
In a follow-up tweet, when his post went viral online, Frank wrote, “Jesus, this blew up a bit, didn’t it? I just did what I hope everyone would do. Take a little care for the world around us. If everyone does it, it’s a better place for all 🙂 #manila #philippines #traffic”
Jesus, this blew up a bit, didn’t it? I just did what I hope everyone would do. Take a little care for the world around us. If everyone does it it’s a better place for all 🙂 #manila #philippines #traffic https://t.co/X7mDiv55ZP
— Frank (@Amadeus_IOM) April 11, 2019
Littering has been a constant problem in the streets of the Philippines. Undisciplined Filipinos choose to soil the scenery, instead of finding trash bins to dispose their trash. It was only on September 15, 1996 when the Anti-Littering Law took effect. Its implementation was suspended last August 2002 and came back in full force on September 16, 2010, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)’s website.
The MMDA Regulation No. 96-009 (Anti-Littering Law) prohibits the following acts: littering, illegal dumping, illegal disposal of garbage; urinating, defecating, spitting in a public place; dirty frontage and immediate surroundings for establishment owners; improper and untimely stacking of garbage outside residence or establishment; obstruction (any dilapidated appliance, vehicle, and etc., display of merchandise, illegal structure along sidewalk); dirty public utility vehicles, or no trash can or receptacle; spilling, scattering, littering of wastes by public utility vehicles; and illegal posting or installed signage, billboards, posters, streamers and movie ads., etc.
Persons caught violating the Anti-Littering Law should be apprehended by the Environmental Enforcers (EE) who are in charge of issuing Environmental Violation Receipts to them.
Guilty parties will be subjected to pay PHP500 fine or render eight hours of community service for littering and illegal dumping.