Novel waste mgt: Swap trash for reusable items

ILOILO – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) has a fresh take on solid waste management. It is offering reusable items in exchange for people’s plastic wastes.

The #BoteKoIpalitKo Program aims to reduce plastic trash in the waste stream, said Mitzi Peñaflorida, senior environmental management specialist of PENRO.

People are encouraged to put all low-density plastics or residual plastics inside a bottle. The plastic bottles filled with residual wastes can be traded for eco-bottles and eco-bags.

Peñaflorida said “#BoteKoIpalitKo” Program is also part of PENRO’s observance of the Philippine Environment Month.

A booth has been opened at a mall on Ledesma-Mabini streets, City Proper where people can trade their bottled residual plastic trash.

“Seven pieces of one-liter plastic bottles filled with residual waste will be swapped with an eco-bottle while five pieces of one-liter plastic bottles filled with residual waste equate to one eco-bag,” said Peñaflorida.

People can also exchange their wastes with these items at the PENRO office, fifth floor of the Iloilo provincial capitol on Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.

Meanwhile, PENRO’s 4K Program or the “Kahublagan Para sa Kabukiran, Kapatagan, and Kadagatan” (Action for the Mountain, Plains, and Seas) has been launched, too.

“The 4K Program is an approach wherein we call the attention – from the children to whatever ages – to value the proper way to develop our upland communities, forests, lowland communities, and coastal areas,” she said. (PNA)


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