San Juan, La Union has become one of the best surfing destinations in the country. Already, it has established its own local surfing community, called the La Union Surfers Club (LUSC).
And as surfing becomes an increasingly popular sport, La Union’s local and surfing community must also protect the environment.
To continuously attract surfers and promote eco-tourism in San Juan, Manila Surfers Association (MSA) has recently partnered with the Haribon Foundation for a solid waste management project to be implemented in the coastal town.
Seeing that proper solid waste management is a biodiversity initiative that the people can engage and embark in, MSA tapped the support of biodiversity conservation NGO, Haribon.
For the first part of the project, MSA and Haribon conducted a Waste Analysis Characterizations Survey (WACS) in August. The findings showed that solid waste practices can be much improved in the area. Biodegradables and plastic were the top two waste materials in both residential and beach front in WACS sampling sites.
The second part of the project is still to be scheduled. This will entail a workshop where participants can learn about Solid Waste Management and Biodiversity Conservation, and Waste Segregation followed by hands on experience in Composting and Upcycling.