ELECTIONS

LOOK: The trash left behind at this year’s elections

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Here are some of the trash that we saw outside polling places in Manila, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Las Piñas. Photo by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life, May 9) — Every election season, much effort is given to physical campaign collaterals, including tarpaulins, flyers, fans, and the like. But the question many ask is what happens to these materials once the season is over?

In Tondo, Manila, trash was littered the ground as soon as we stepped out of the polling place as early as 9 a.m. Streets were littered with sample ballots and campaign flyers, while campaign materials hung above on electric lines. One homeowner, whose gatefront was already strewn with sample ballots, says “Ako din ang maglilinis nyan! Ang kulit kasi nung mga tao sabi nang bawal.”

Elsewhere, election officials and school volunteers seemed to make an effort to keep their immediate vicinity clean. One official we spoke to reasoned, “Bawal kasi,” when asked if they noticed any major piles of garbage in their area.

Here’s a look at some of the trash that the CNN Philippines Life staff saw outside polling places in Manila, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Las Pinas.

Despite the school in Tondo, Manila providing trash bins for waste, sample ballots and cardboard fans still littered the floor outside. Photo by JL JAVIER

A child waits outside the precinct as sample ballots, campaign paraphernalia, and empty bottles are seen lying on the side of the street. Photo by JL JAVIER

Trash overflows out of the bins positioned outside of a school in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by JL JAVIER

In Mandaluyong, voters seemed to discard their trash right before entering their precincts. Photo by JL JAVIER

In Barangka, Mandaluyong, a woman takes down tarpaulins and posters bearing candidates’ faces a few hours before polling places are set to close. She says that she was ordered to take them down. Photo by JL JAVIER