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Trash traps put in place in 2 Caloocan creeks

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has installed trash traps along two creeks in Caloocan City to complement the local government’s efforts in keeping the city’s waterways clean.


Through its National Capital Region (NCR) office, the DENR installed the two trash traps in Tamban Creek and Lapu-Lapu Extension Canal.

It was formally turned over to the officials of Barangays 8, 12, and 16 of Caloocan City through a simple ceremony and virtual signing of memorandum of agreement officiated by the Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office.

DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan pointed out the trash traps are simple engineering solutions to the problem of urban pollution.

“Trash traps, as the name indicates, traps or captures trash from our drainage systems, preventing them from flowing out into open seas or, in our case, Manila Bay,” Caancan explained.

This kind of waste management was proven to be extremely effective and hygienic too, with most barangays usually removing trash that clog these waterways by hand.

The DENR-NCR, in coordination with the city and municipal governments of Metro Manila and other stakeholders, has been installing both floating and permanent trash traps in strategic areas of the three major river systems of Metro Manila to prevent trash from reaching Manila Bay.

In 2019, the DENR collected 2,337,455.35 kilograms of wastes around the Manila Bay area through cleanups, trash boats, and trash traps.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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