Village folk turns plastic into new products-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
PLASTIC trash in Barangay Canduman does not go to waste.
Some residents of this barangay in Mandaue City make pillows using shredded plastic materials and sell these in malls and fiestas.
In a socialized housing site, barangay officials built a livelihood center where women can earn by recycling wastes. A cooperative runs the livelihood center.
They also manufacture bags, wallets and other products using waste materials from a nearby furniture company.
“Plastic wastes are among the reasons we have clogged drainages,” said Canduman Barangay Captain Leo Jabas. “We established an MRF (materials recovery facility) where we shred plastic bags and supply these to our livelihood center.”
The center, equipped with 12 high-speed sewing machines, started operating early this year.
The barangay also operates a plastic-to-fuel facility.
Canduman is one of two barangays that received the facility from the City Government for their good practices in solid waste management.
Jabas said the members of the cooperative set up shops during fiestas in other towns to sell their products.
“Daghan-daghan sad ang ilang mabaligya (They’re able to sell a lot),” said Jabas, who was named Mandaue’s most outstanding barangay captain during the City’s 44th Charter Day celebration last month.
The price depends on the kind of pillow. Some are sold at P100 each, others are cheaper.
The plastic materials used to make pillows are collected from the households.
Jabas said the center started with two sewing machines, which cost P26,000 each.
The City Government and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. later provided the center with more machines.
The cooperative has 10 women working in the center. A portion of the sales go to their salaries.
Rosalyn Makig-angay, 31, who makes wallets, said she gets paid at least P150 every day.
“Makaabag na gyud siya para pang-eskwela sa mga bata (This helps us, especially for our children’s school expenses),” the mother of four said. Her husband is a construction worker.
Ricardo Mendoza, head of the City Solid Waste Management Office, said the plastic-to-pillow facility helps reduce wastes.
“They’re doing well with their program,” he said of Canduman officials. Mendoza said majority of Mandaue’s barangays operate an MRF.
He said he hopes other barangays will replicate Canduman’s livelihood center.
Barangay Pagsabungan also operates a plastic-to-fuel facility.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 07, 2013.