San Fernando starts ‘revolution’ vs plastic pollution

PAMPANGA. Fernandinos refill their clean and reusable plastic containers with kitchen condiments, toilet aids and other household items during the Refill Revolution held at Poblacion Basketball Court, Barangay Sto. Rosario, City of San Fernando on January 24, 2020. (Contributed photo)

RESIDENTS of the City of San Fernando participated in the annual “Refill Revolution” organized by the City Environment and Natural Resources (Cenro) on Friday, January 24, at the Poblacion basketball court in Barangay Sto. Rosario.

“Refill Revolution” is an advocacy campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource-Environmental Management Bureau III (DENR-EMB-Central Luzon) aimed to beat plastic pollution by reducing its production and necessity.

With the initiative and cooperation of DENR-EMB-Central Luzon and some retailers and manufacturers, about 600 residents of San Fernando were able to refill kitchen condiments, laundry products, and other household items by bringing clean and reusable bottles, containers and ecobags.

These items were sold at prices lower by as much as 50 to 70 percent than the actual retail prices in supermarkets.

Cenro officer Regina Rodriguez stressed that they want to teach Fernandinos to avoid single-use of plastics and instead promote an eco-friendly and sustainable ways of utilizing plastic products.

“We are encouraging every household to avoid regular purchase of products in plastic sachets or containers. If possible, re-use plastic containers and grab every opportunity of refilling activities.”

The officer also revealed that another Refill Revolution is set on February 21 as part of the “Kaganapan” cityhood celebration.

Manufacturers and retailers like Classic Brand Distributorship, and Glochem Marketing and Recycling Corporation also took part in the refilling activity. Pepsi Cola, Water District Prime Water, and Soliman E.C were also present to give away freebies to residents.

Nutri Asia Incorporated, the country’s top condiments maker, is one of the regular retailers and manufacturers that rallied behind this initiative.

“We are regularly participating in this Refill Revolution campaign to help the DENR on its goal to beat plastic pollution by of course offering affordable products to these people with their clean and reusable plastic containers.”

For his part, City Mayor Edwin David Santiago reiterated his desire for San Fernando to remain a “zero waste city” amid many developments.

”We are the first ever model of zero waste city in the whole country. Let us prove it by remaining educated and disciplined enough to protect and preserve our environment,” the mayor ended. (PR)


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