Bocaue, EMB-DENR sign MOA to beat plastic pollution

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The local government unit of Municipality of Bocaue together with the Environmental Management Bureau( (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon signed a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) adopting an “estero”, a creek or river forming a water body during the launching of the 3rd Leg Refill Revolution on World Environment Month in Barangay Igulot, Bocaue.

Lormelyn Claudio, EMB Central Luzon director said the new type of campaign will address the problem of solid waste materials by decreasing the use of disposable package items.

The program geared up the local officials of Bocaue headed by Mayor Joni Villanueva to take the challenge in beating plastic pollution and to lessen the production of disposable waste materials.

Dubbed as “ Refill Revolution”, the new type of campaign was launched as part of the World Environment Month celebration in reducing disposable wastes materials.

As part of his commitment to the campaign, Mayor Villanueva said that the municipal government of Bocaue with its 19 barangay captains vowed to support and took the challenge of the EMB’s war against plastic pollution.

For his part, Sen. Villanueva thanked the DENR,s effort as well as the local government of Bocaue for being part of the solution and not part of the problem.

The war against package waste materials was first launched in Guiguinto with Mayor Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz Jr. followed in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Participants were asked to bring their own bottles and containers to refill their condiments supply (vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce including cooking oil), toiletries and other household essentials in a specified outlet.

Claudio, added that for every bottle that is refilled will mean one less bottle to be produced.

It was learned that preventing or decreasing the amount of waste created by a disposable packaging material will be a very difficult task, but with the implementation of these different refill processes, it may still be possible, Claudio added.

She noted that the concept of a refill station is seen as a viable solution to significantly reduce packaging waste materials without compromising the price or quality of liquid products. –ELOISA SILVERIO