CDC’s recyclables event to promote useful alternative to current waste disposal

CLARK FREEPORT— A useful alternative to the current disposal of wastes will be showcased in this Freeport in the upcoming 21st Recyclables Collection Event (RCE) and Disposal of Hazardous Wastes on June 11, 2019 here.

The event is being organized by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in partnership with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau Region III and Environmental Practitioners Association, Inc. (EPA).

Coinciding with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month, CDC together with its partner agencies will conduct the said event to promote awareness on the proper disposal, treatment and management of hazardous wastes like busted lamps/bulbs, used oil, used lead acid batteries, and electronic wastes— white goods like refrigerators, air conditioners, television sets, microwave and consumer electronics like mobile phones, tablets, among others. Likewise, the activity also aims to promote recycling and materials recovery.

According to Environmental Permits Division (EPD) of CDC, a demonstration unit called GENAR 22 will be at the event venue to showcase the conversion of ordinary wastes materials such as plastics, textiles, and other solid wastes into oil. The same unit was also showcased during the 3rd Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recyclables and collection event last year.

CDC–EPD also encourages the locators and stakeholders in this Freeport to participate in the event and bring their recyclables and selected hazardous wastes which have commercial value for the best buy back prices from DENR-accredited environmental services providers. The said activity will start at 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the CDC Parking Lot behind Building 2127 here.

The event will be supported by ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation through its Bantay Baterya and Bantay Langis Project. Last year, the RCE yielded about P686,000 from the disposal of wastes that was collected where the biggest donors of batteries were SFA Semicon Phils (Samsung) and Mimosa Cityscapes (Filinvest) worth P72,001 and P26,607, respectively.

The success of the program will be measured by the large volume of hazardous wastes collected that will no longer pose danger to the environment and human health.

The RCE activity was started by CDC and the EPA in 2003, and was initially opened to recyclables (or “kalakal”) like paper, cartons, PET bottles, aluminum cans and ULAB. However, through the year’s household hazardous wastes like busted lamps were included in 2010.