Environment bureau proposes recycling hub in Leyte town

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Saturday, September 10, 2011


TACLOBAN CITY – The Environmental Management Bureau in Eastern Visayas (EMB-8) proposed to make the municipality of Palo an eco-town, where recycling of electronic wastes can be done.

The Palo Ecotown Project proposal now sits with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Japanese government for approval.

Regional Solid Waste Management Coordinator Maribel Munsayac said the project aims to demonstrate how electronic wastes can be safely recycled.

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She added that the project has some bearing to the vision of the municipality to become a center for waste integration management in the region.

The project proposal, if approved, would entail the establishment of a recovery facility and would further require for an extensive estimated area of 1 – 2 hectares.

It was learned that the concept of an eco-town came to be in 1997 based on the concept of zero emissions.

The eco-town project was a key project of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and it originated through a system of subsidies that was first established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Environment.

The goal of the “Eco-Town Project” is to create a recycling-orientated society.

The Japanese government established the eco-towns to counter the then-pervasive problem of waste management and to stimulate domestic growth in a sustainable manner that would not prove harmful to the environment.

In this project, the Japanese government would facilitate the transfer of its technical know-how in the operation of recycling equipments, among others.

The City of Kitakyushu in Japan, in particular, has been encouraging environmental industries on the reduction of waste products.

If approved, representatives from EMB, the Palo LGU, UNIDO and Kitakyushu City will together sit down to discuss and lay down the groundwork of the project, while the Japanese government will help scout for the location of the Electronic Waste Center as well as the establishment for the Electronic Waste Facility/Research Center.

Also, representatives from the LGU Palo and the DENR EMB will visit the Eco-town Project in Kitakyushu to personally study on the EcoTown project ino the said city.

An exhibition that displays and introduces the various Eco-Town enterprises can be found at the Kitakyushu Eco-Town Center, to help educate people about recycling and reusing.

Regional Director Letecia Maceda, meanwhile, said they have high hopes that the project proposal would be approved and funded. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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