THE Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRCFI) is hosting the first-ever Bacolod City Recycling Forum on December 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the L’ Fisher Chalet Hotel.
“The flow of plastic to waterways combined with the decline of fisheries contribute to the projection that there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the ocean by 2050,” said executive director Dave Albao, who will provide context on the PRRCFI program Sea Waste Education to Eradicate Plastic (Sweep).
Sweep is a two-year project funded by the USAid under its Municipal Waste Recycling Program.
The forum intends to gather participants from the local government of Bacolod specifically the Offices of the Mayor, Committee on Environment and Solid Waste Management Board.
Participants from the private sector, the youth, and junkshop operators are also expected to come.
The forum aims to shed light on the recycling sector and its opportunities for enterprise as well as seek commitment and support from the participants to increase community and municipal recycling through collaborative strategies.
Recycling is a way to divert waste from landfills and bring new life to used materials. There is a need for stakeholders in Bacolod City to reflect on the current practices in terms of recycling, the value of recycling, the flow of recyclables to recycling facilities, and the necessary participation of the private sector – businesses and citizens – to increase community and municipal recycling. (PR)