Fetalvero: Building recycling habits

Two Empty Bottles

THE importance of reevaluating dam protocols, dredging, drainage systems, flood control systems and recycling is once again challenging Filipinos.

Two storms, Rolly and Ulysses, ravaged big portions of Metro Manila and parts of Luzon, leaving thousands of Filipinos homeless. We can leave some issues for the government to address but recycling should be the utmost concern and responsibility of every citizen of this country. This should be spearheaded by a Department of Conservation’s Division of Recycling, which I think we do not have yet.

An article by Earthworks Group entitled “50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth,” compiled suggestions on what every citizen on Planet Earth should do to recycle and noted facts about energy conservation:

“The amount of energy you save by recycling one aluminum can will power a TV set for three hours; Every ton of office paper you recycle saves an estimated 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil and 7,000 gallons of water; Recycling glass reduces related air pollution by 15 to 20 percent; Recycling 26 plastic soda bottles saves enough material to make one polyester suit. Recycle three more, and you’ve got a tie to go with it.”

We have a problem of clogged drainage due to lack of discipline and improper disposal of trash. We are also facing the problem of land space as to where to dump our garbage. Citizens on several occasions expressed disgust and do not want to live close to landfills for obvious reasons.

The same article suggests that recycling should start at home. Our recycling habits could start with cans and paper. Then as we get into the habit, we can add plastic bottles, cereal boxes, magazines, cardboard and trash from our office room in the house since some of us are working from home.

If money is a motivation to recycle, find the junkyard near you that pays more for your recycled appliances. Additional tip: Bundle newspapers, rinse plastic and sort glass bottles.

The “Papa Kits” resort in Liloan, Cebu recycles animal manure as fertilizer for plants. Indeed: “One man’s trash could be another man’s treasure.”


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