Trash-to-cash: DENR urges students to get rewards for garbage

Pinoy school children will have more incentives to keep recyclable waste instead of throwing them away as the government rolled out a nationwide trash-to-cash program.

The initiative dubbed the "National Eco-savers Program" has been launched Thursday in Metro Manila, where students may now exchange recyclable materials for school supplies and even cash.

"By establishing some form of incentive for managing their solid waste, we are encouraging students to sort their waste and minimize the generation of garbage in their homes," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said in a statement.

Related story: Study bares Pinoy kids' average allowance 

He added that students will be given a passbook where credit points earned by surrendering recyclabe material will be recorded.

These credits may be used to claim useful items such as school supplies or possibly cash.

Schools will meanwhile pool recyclable materials for collection by accredited junk shops or recyclers.

The program also urges schools to turn biodegradable waste into compost, which may then be used as fertilizer for seedlings in the government's "National Greening Program."

The Environment, Education and Local Government departments, as well as the Metro Manila Development Authority earlier in June signed an agreement for the project.

Related: Sharing a bike? More fun in Davao City 

The initial implementation will involve 763 public elementary and high schools Metro Manila, thereby engaging some 1.9 million students.

Preparation of technical, monitoring and funding support will be handled by the Environment department.

The Education department will meanwhile spearhead the training of school officials and teachers for effective implementation.

Collection of processed materials will then be led by the Local Government department and the MMDA.

The government has earmarked P50 million for the project's initial phase in Metro Manila, Paje said.

He added that the program will also pool resources from partner agencies, local governments and the private sector to ensure sustainability.

In other News: Silliman to revive eco-friendly 'tartanilla' carriage

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Ayungin dilemma Ramon Casiple - Parallaxis
    Ayungin dilemma

    China faces a dilemma in Ayungin Shoal and other contested areas. If it waits for the ITLOS—which may decide against it—it would have tacitly bound itself to UNCLOS and risk a rogue state reputation if it asserts its claim in the South China Sea. If its militarily acts now, it may face international isolation. …

  • 48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao VERA Files - The Inbox
    48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-tawi—A team of Marines and policemen intercepted around noon Thursday 48 people, 12 of them minors, believed recruited by a human trafficking syndicate for work in Malaysia. The arrest constitutes what advocates called the … Continue reading → …

  • Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR VERA Files - The Inbox
    Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Leaders of the medical profession have made peace with their former adversary, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and joined forces in a campaign to get doctors to pay the right taxes. BIR Commissioner … Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options