PLASTIC waste may soon be converted to cash after the Archdiocese of Cebu inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a non-profit organization that aims to eliminate synthetic trash in nature.
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma led the virtual signing ceremony of the MOA together with representatives from the Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX) on Monday, March 8, 2022.
The archdiocese titled the initiative as “Laudato Si Plastic Ark: Reducing Plastic Pollution.”
“Laudato Si” is the title of the book written by Pope Francis that tackles environmental degradation and global warming.
PCX is the first global non-profit plastic offset program that helps businesses around the world offset their plastic footprints while feeding a circular economy.
Ilusion Farias of PCX said the gist of the program is to allow people to exchange their plastic waste for a certain amount of money.
Through this way, people in the community will be able to earn while doing something that can ease the effect of plastic pollution, said Farias.
Farias said they would tap sari-sari stores to become collection points for the plastic wastes that will be brought by the people in the community in exchange for cash.
The collected waste will be gathered by the PCX and partner organizations to be recycled and reused using environmentally sound technologies.
This initiative has already started in Metro Manila and has benefited 12 sari-sari store owners already, said Farias.
During their stint in Manila, Farias said they have seen positive impacts in the community wherein people have become more responsible with their plastic waste.
In Cebu, the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cebu City was chosen to be the pioneering partner of the PCX and sari-sari stores within the jurisdiction of the parish can soon join the initiative.
However, the official date for the kick-off of the program was not yet discussed by the stakeholders.
Palma said the archdiocese will give its full commitment to the implementation of this project.
The archbishop added that this laudable initiative will be a challenge to human and Christian life in making something ugly into something that is beautiful.
Archdiocese of Cebu MOA
March 08, 2022
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