Baguio City eyes adopting CLAYGO customer clean-up practice in restaurants

Baguio City CLAYGO
Clean-as-you-go practice in food establishments has been proposed in Baguio City. Photo Credits: @flo.comia7519 and Martina Torres

Popular tourist spot Baguio City in the Cordillera Region of Luzon is on its way to making the green lifestyle customer practice of ‘Clean as you go’ (CLAYGO) a standard in restaurants once a newly proposed ordinance is approved by the city council.

The Summer Capital of the Philippines is currently enjoying the status as an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City award recipient for its campaign to uplift the quality of life of its citizens through public space beautification, environment conservation, public safety, proper waste disposal, and maintaining sanitation.

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The new proposal when enacted will mandate Baguio food establishment owners, proprietors, and managers to initiate and regulate measures to encourage their customers to practice CLAYGO or the voluntary cleaning of tables after eating.

Under the measure, the following are expected of food establishments:

  1. Install signages and other promotional materials on clean-as-you-go practices within their premises
  2. Provide a minimum of three garbage bins to separate wastes for biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and recyclable material
  3. Designate an area where customers can place their return trays and other used non-disposable tableware
  4. Provide basic cleaning supplies near the depository areas

The proposed institutionalization of the CLAYGO practice in all food-serving establishments was approved by the city council in the first reading on August 15, 2022.

“By practicing CLAYGO, citizens observe and promote good manners and right conduct, proper dining etiquette, hygiene, cleanliness, and common courtesy to each and every customer. This will also foster collaboration between customers and food establishment personnel,” ordinance author Councilor Elmer Datuin said in the Baguio City Public Information Office report on August 17.

CLAYGO Practice

Starting as a self-initiative among environmental advocates, CLAYGO had become a campaign of its own. It is the practice of cleaning after oneself in dining areas, especially in public places such as restaurants, coffee shops, fast food chains, and other food-serving establishments. Awareness and habit of proper waste segregation is another ideal result of CLAYGO.

This practice promotes discipline, courtesy, and cleanliness and minimizes risks to hygiene, health, and safety.

CLAYGO has been observed in school cafeterias across the Philippines.

The internationally awarded greenest university in the Philippines, the De La Salle University – Dasmariñas in Cavite, has made it a campus policy to practice CLAYGO.

The student council of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City reminded students of the continued practice on campus of CLAYGO as more face-to-face classes are revived.

The student council of Batangas State University welcomed students back on campus with encouragement to practice CLAYGO.

More than promoting cleanliness, CLAYGO is considered a little way of showing how we care for our environment and the people we encounter. The CLAYGO practice also addresses over-reliance on street sweepers and food service crews. Establishments such as SM City Grand Central and San Lazaro Place Mall also take part in campaigning for the practice.

If the City of Pines legislates this proposed ordinance, Baguio City will be joining Cagayan De Oro City and fellow ASEAN Clean Tourist City awardee Iloilo City in the observance of the CLAYGO practice.

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Martina is an explorer, a film buff, and an avid pageant fan. She is majoring in Communication to one day work in journalism or a production house to tell stories about life, society, and scenic places. She is also an environmental conservation advocate and firmly believes in humankind’s role as the planet’s caretakers.