Valenzuela LGU, private sector launch plastic recycling program
The Valenzuela City government and Nestlé Philippines have teamed up to launch the country’s first citywide residual waste collection program that aims to recycle and reduce the amount of plastic and used beverage cartons in the city landfill.
City government officials and Nestlé Philippines pledged to support the May Balik sa Plastik program during its launch on Monday morning.
The program is a collaborative initiative of Nestlé, the city government, the Department of Education, and Green Antz Builders, Inc.
Kais Marzouki, chairman and chief executive officer of Nestlé Philippines, said they sought the partnership with Valenzuela as the city had “a strong commitment to waste management.”
Valenzuela City is known for its strict waste segregation system. It also has model schools that promote plastic recycling and environmental awareness.
“Tackling the problem of plastic waste in the environment and arriving at sustainable solutions are of paramount importance to Nestlé,” Marzouki said.
He said that while Nestlé was looking for innovative packaging solutions to address the problem of plastic in the country, they were also taking immediate action to find ways to recycle their packaging.
Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the program was meaningful to residents of the city as it would teach young people the value in plastic wastes.
He explained that he was not for a total ban on plastics, but was for recycling and reusing plastic for other purposes.
Several schools in the city already manage their plastic waste, using them to make tables and chairs.
Gatchalian said the new program would help them in managing these wastes.
The program has three components: public school-based plastic wastes and cartons collection, barangay-based plastic wastes and cartons collection, and informational activities to drive awareness and behavior change.
Under the program, eligible participants who can collect and turn over plastic wastes and beverage cartons will receive incentives from Nestlé and the city government.
The Valenzuela Public Information Office said street sweepers who were able to segregate and yield a qualified amount of usable wastes would receive products from Nestlé.
Public school students and teachers who hand over their usable wastes will get the chance to win gift checks in weekly raffles.
The collected plastic wastes will then be used by Green Antz Builders to make eco-friendly house bricks or for making cement kilns, Nestlé said.
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