Cavite Residents! You Can Exchange Your Plastic Waste for Kilo of Rice
by Shara Mae Balce, March 28, 2019 11:20am
Art by Allen Mirambel
Waste management has been one of the major issues in the Philippines. There are over eight million tons of plastic wastes thrown in the ocean each year, according to the report of the United Nations Environment. By 2050, oceans are expected to carry more plastics than water if we let this pursue.
Intending to encourage its residents to set out their plastic wastes properly, one barangay in Cavite is taking waste management to the next level. Barangay Tartaria in Cavite came up with “Plastic Palit Bigas,” a project trading a kilogram of plastics for a kilogram of rice.
The official Facebook page of Barangay Tartaria posted photos of some residents bringing their collected plastic waste to the barangay hall. Residents are encouraged to bring an eco-friendly bag to take the kilogram of rice home.
The collected plastic waste is taken to the municipality of Cavite to be upcycled as eco-bricks—stuffing used, clean, and dry plastics inside a plastic container to create a reusable building block. It is mainly used as fillers to build infrastructures.
Local projects like this teach every household to be accountable for their plastic wastes and make it useful for the people and the environment. This isn’t the first time this kind of initiative was pushed. Several local governments including the other municipalities in Cavite like Barangay Amadeo have launched a project to reduce the volume of plastic wastes in the community.
The same waste reduction project has been introduced and started by the Sangguniang Kabataan youth council in Barangay Talon in Cavite in November 2018. The project was initiated to encourage the residents to collect assorted and clean plastic wastes and bring it to their barangay to free their village of plastics.
Through campaigns such as “Plastic Palit Bigas” project, we could lessen the chances of leaving our children sea of wastes and a cleaner ocean would be possible.