Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — In the year 2019, the Earth is in dire conditions due to climate change and we’re constantly reminded of the need to reduce our waste. Yet the midterm elections proved that the problem of proper waste management still persists. By 6 p.m., as polls were closing, sample ballots, kodigos, flyers and fans littered the streets. Plastic cups, bottles, and food containers also piled up in every other nook and cranny at certain schools. For those who lived nearby these places where election-related trash accumulated, they were left with the task of cleaning up after voters’ mess.
Though not all voting stations were left with litter — some were even noticeably spick and span come closing time — this year’s elections weren’t as clean as most hoped they’d be.
CNN Philippines Life went around polling places in Mandaluyong, Makati, and Manila to document the trash that was behind.
A local candidate’s flyer can be found amid other kids of paper trash under a gate at a school in Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong. Photo by JL JAVIER
A voter’s kodigo is left behind at the school. Photo by JL JAVIER
Shaded sample ballots litter the gutter outside a school in Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati. Photo by JL JAVIER
A woman sweeps discarded sample ballots in front of her home. Photo by JL JAVIER
Though precincts close at 6 p.m., several young men still hand out sample ballots outside San Jose Elementary School in Makati. Photo by JL JAVIER
Fast food containers and plastic cups and bottles litter the streets outside polling places. Photo by JL JAVIER
In Tondo, Manila, residents walk down a street filled election-related trash. Photo by JL JAVIER
A mixture of sample ballots and flyers litters the sidewalk in Tondo. Photo by JL JAVIER
As the elections come to an close, citizens are left to deal with the disposal of campaign materials. Photo by JL JAVIER