BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Waste products such as plastic bags, old packaging, used tires, broken electronics, waste streams from breweries are starting to look like gold in this province, according to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) here.
For this reason, Vizcaya’s Penro officials have incorporated in their campaign on solid waste management in the province the conduct of livelihood trainings to encourage residents and people’s organizations to venture into the recycling business.
“We shall transform and utilize solid wastes into profitable local products and we are doing this by conducting province-wide livelihood trainings,” said Delia Agunoy, provincial solid waste management coordinator.
Agunoy said that, the trainings focus on transforming wood wastes into charcoal briquettes and scrap metals into useful products under the campaign slogan: “Mag-Recycle—Reduce, Educate, Community, Youth, Cycle, Livelihood and Ecological Waste Management—May Pera sa Basura [There’s Money in Waste].”
During the recently held fifth Annual Grand Ammungan Festival at the provincial capitol in Bayombong town, the Penro showcased various products made out of waste materials such as artificial flowers, bags, and home decorations, among others.
Agunoy noted that, the success of the recycling projects could be attributed to the participation of people’s organizations in partnership with their respective local governments, the Penro, and the provincial jail.
She also cited that, the provincial jail is now earning income from its plastic recycling project. Their prices range from P35 to P250 a piece depending on the size of the product.
“We will be exploring markets for this in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry,” Agunoy said.