The rubbish you throw away will eventually come back to you. This statement turned out to be a gruesome reality for a group of waste fighters in Manila Bay, the Philippines, when a storm quite literally whipped trash into their faces as they attempted to clean up the shore.
A video has emerged online showing the cleaners attempting to clear the fallout of heavy floods and heaps of garbage, which reached the stretch of Roxas Boulevard after a tropical depression and Typhoon Karding enhanced the southwest monsoon.
Waves of plastic, rubber, styrofoam and deadwood can be seen crashing to the shore and spilling over onto the bay, as a group of brave workers crack on with their job while dodging the rubbish as it's flung towards them.
The workers and the crowd cheering behind them appear to be in good spirits, despite the fact that this video represents a depressing reality.
When discussing the storm which took over the area this week, Manila Bulletin reported that heavy flooding meant that garbage spilled out onto the streets and caused halting traffic.
Meanwhile, the city was tasked with dealing with the fallout. Bambi Purisima, Manila Public Information Officer, announced that the Manila Department of Public Services and allied forces have set out to clean the garbage in the area.
He said: "We have assigned many personnel for our continuous cleanup in the city, especially in the Manila Bay area, which usually experiences heavy flooding, headed by our DPS chief Belle Borromeo."
Another Manila resident named Tim de Asis, who passed by Roxas Boulevard in the thick of the flooding, posted a video on Facebook with the caption: "Was wondering why there was traffic on a Saturday early morning. Was surprised by a 'sea of trash'."
Apparently the so-called sea of trash in the area was knee-deep by this point and the waves continued tossing it over due to strong winds.
Tim also posted about two trucks of cleanup workers who were there ready to power on through and work in the gruesome conditions, stating: "We see you and we thank you."
The depressing truth of it is, this incident is not uncommon as our world struggles to cope with the mass amount of waste we as a planet produce.
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