A TOTAL of 168.84 tons of campaign trash was collected by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) following the just-concluded midterm elections, including those placed outside designated areas during the campaign period and those taken down after Monday’s vote. MMDA, in a statement on Wednesday, said it aims to complete the post-election clean-up operations this week. “We target to rid the major roads in the metro of campaign materials and spruce up public schools until this week so the public can prepare for the opening of classes next month early,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo D. Lim. The cities of Manila, Quezon, Parañaque and Makati produced the most number of campaign materials. The collected materials, currently stored under the flyovers in Santolan and Nagtahan, are on offer to recycling groups. “Various groups in need of candidates’ tarpaulins to recycle them into bags, place mats, school supplies and other useful items can coordinate with us,” said Francisco B. Martinez, head of MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group.