GreenTalk: Environment Wastes and Charcoal

Just recently, we experienced a problem with waste management. I lived in Quezon City and if you heard the news, the Payatas landfill is currently closed. It was the reason why our garbage was not collected regularly the past few weeks.

Honestly, it was an eyesore seeing a pile of garbage near our home. We just cannot burn the trash as it is also harmful to the environment and the surrounding. It was such a dilemma although, in fairness to the local government, they urgently found a solution by transporting collected wastes in the suburbs.

I know the solution to problems regarding waste materials not only lies in the government but to the people as well that’s why when I attended the 3rd Integrated Waste Management Expo and Environmental Summit at SMX Aura, Taguig City, last August 12, I do wander to find some interesting discoveries.

We are all aware of the saying REUSE, REDUCE and RECYCLE. I found how these were given emphasis in every booth at the expo.

I noticed there were many students too, they were enjoying the activities while learning some eco-friendly solution to some environmental problems.

Some students at the Maynilad booth

But I’ve given more of my time at the Tanay, Rizal booth, not because I am not interested in what the other booths offered but because what I learned is something new to me – Makakalikasang Uling.

Makakalikasang Uling

Sir Jonathan Matienzo, explained that the charcoal is made up of agricultural wastes like, twigs, ipa, palapa ng niyog. The Makakalikasang Uling project was launched 2013.

They buy agricultural wastes from residents in the community and now even 4Ps or beneficiaries of Pamilyang Pilipino program is benefitting from this project by selling it without needing capital.

You can call this number for more information 09176088646. This number was written at the booth’s tarpaulin.

The summit aspires to heighten a proactive awareness on issues that bear upon the environment and its ecological well-being. The ever-rising mountains of trash in our landfills, our rivers, waterways, and seas, is a serious matter of concern that has stared us in the eye for decades.

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The expo hopes to boost efforts in deeper commitment among Filipinos in every household, business establishments, and institutions in achieving positive social and environmental impact.

It was organized by DENR-Environment Management Bureau in partnership with DILG, MMDA, PIA, Quezon City and Taguig City.

Here’s a short video about the Expo.