Improperly discarded trash returned to ‘sender’

Published April 14, 2019, 3:19 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By MB Online

There was a public advertisement years ago that had the line: “Ang basurang itinapon mo, babalik din sa’yo” (The garbage you threw away will find its way back).

(screengrabbed from Frank Sheungel’s Facebook video)

Although that public ad was about flooding, which was more often than not caused by improper garbage disposal, the scenario of garbage being returned back to the one who threw it actually happened recently.

It was not floodwater that returned the garbage back to its sender but a German expat who was on his way to work and happened to witness a van passenger throwing a plastic bag of rubbish out of their vehicle’s window.

Frank Schuengel in a Facebook post narrated the incident, which seemingly struck a chord among netizens who were able to view the video which was posted online.

“If you don’t want a 6 foot 1, 200 pound German knocking on your car window, then don’t do this. Simple,” he wrote to accompany his video.

“The other day, I was cycling to work when the passenger of a van in front of me decided to discard a small plastic bag full of rubbish by simply throwing it out of his window and onto the street. Being the friendly chap that I am, I picked it up, went alongside the van with my bicycle, and handed the garbage back to him with a firm request to place it in a proper bin instead,” Schuengel wrote in an article published by

He said that he was on board a bicycle at travelling behind the van while traversing the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge.

Schuengel, an e-commerce executive by profession, also managed to capture the incident on video which has now garnered mostly positive reactions for Schuengel and negative reactions to the one who threw the plastic of trash since it was posted.

He further said that the garbage problem is so big that it will take all of us doing our part to actually solve it.