Plastic Pollution Solution in the Philippines

Plastic Pollution Solution in the Philippines

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Filipinos, particularly businessmen, seemed to heed the advice that was given to Oscar-nominated Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 thought-provoking movie, “The Graduate.”  In the said movie, the tyro actor’s character asked for some advice on career director. “Plastics, my boy. Plastics,” he was told.By following the advice, plastic is now one of the country’s top pollutants of canals, rivers, and other waterways.  Unfortunately, most of these buoyant materials end up in the open seas.In a report released a few years ago, the Ocean Conservancy singled out the Philippines as one of five countries from where majority of plastics originates.  Also on the list were China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.“As rapidly developing economies, these countries are now passing through a typical stage of economic growth as consumer demand for disposable products grows more rapidly than the waste management infrastructure,” the report said.

This issue continues to intensify in the Philippines. However, this problem can be solved if we unite with government programs about reduce, reuse, recycle program (4R).

DAVAO CITY, Dec.17 (PIA) --  Addressing shortage of school chairs and disposing plastic wastes are answered in one solution. It is by converting these plastics into chairs and other useful furniture.

Engineer Winchester Lemen and his company, Winder Recycling Company with its plant in Sasa processes around 90 tons of plastic trash and transforms them using Lemen’s invention- a thermal heating technology into school chairs, benches, picnic tables and lounge chairs.

Lemen said the business started in 2001 where he saw the need to recycle plastics and invented a technology to help in recycling.

“This invention is a product of Philippine ingenuity, I conceptualized it to start reducing the number of plastic wastes in our country. This was my idea to help the country,” Lemen said.

A single school chair is made up of 30 kilos of plastic or the equivalent of 10,000 candy wrappers or equal to 2,181 sando bags or 300 bottles of mineral water, these are common plastic wastes being dumped in landfills or in canals and waterways.

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