- Category: Regions
23 Apr 2013
- Written by Leonardo Perante II / Correspondent
SANTIAGO CITY—After reformatting the early drives on waste management that failed previously, the systematic segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste has prevailed finally in recent months.
Tons of biodegradable garbage collected daily from 23 of 37 villages with all organic waste are converted into organic fertilizers for Santiago City’s 7,700-hectare rice lands.
The organic fertilizers derived from the waste-recycling system are channeled through the city agriculture office and distributed to either schools or farmer-beneficiaries. Since the launching of the quick-turnaround rice-planting program in the city, participating farmers are given subsidized organic fertilizers by the city government.
“Only biodegradable waste, however, could be converted into organic fertilizers so that it would be a friendly act among local residents to be able to manage their thrash properly according to our environmental ordinance. The non-biodegradable ones are either recycled into other forms to be reutilized for other purposes or may end up at the city dump in Barangay San Jose,” said City Environment Officer Orlando Tesoro.
With the substantial volume of non-biodegradable waste collected daily, the city environment office has trained a group of mostly women to engage in the creative production of recycled products that range from baskets and bags to home décors utilizing used straws, plastic water bottles, and old newspapers and magazines to come up with attractive and impressive products.
The handicraft derived from non-biodegradable thrash produced from all the material-recovery facilities in the villages are collected and marketed by the city environment office in its showroom at the City Hall compound in Barangay San Andres.
“After a series of trainings and seminars, our team [members] handling the production of recycled products have mastered their respective crafts as they consistently introduce new designs depending on what recyclable material they are supplied with. After a product is finished, it is unbelievable that it was derived from the garbage,” said Tesoro.
Impressed by the creative inputs and quality of the recycled products, a number of foreign and domestic tourists have ordered customized bags and hats embroidered with “Santiago City Philippines.”
“Unwittingly, with our recycling program, solid-waste management does not only keep a sustainable clean environment and enrich our farms and eco-friendly practices among our people but also provide substantial returns from product sales that make money from trash back to our treasury,” said Tesoro.
In Photo: Impressed by the creativity of his staff, Santiago City Environment Officer Orlando Tesoro takes a close look at the varieties of recycled products ranging from bags and baskets to flower vases made from used plastic straws, old newspapers and magazines. The City Recycling and Fashionable Thrash center serves as a productive example showcasing how to make money from garbage. (Leonardo Perante II)