Angeles City residents will soon be able to trade plastic trash for rice

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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – The city government will start the “Walang Plastikan Bigas Palit Project” program here to encourage residents to separate waste and reduce the use of plastic, if not avoid it entirely.

Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said Wednesday that the city government will be collecting recyclable plastic from Angeleño households in exchange for rice.

“While we convince our kababayans to separate wastes into their classifications – biodegradable, non-biodegradable, recyclable, and plastic – something is waiting for their hard work – a reward from rice,” said Lazatin.

Lazatin’s chief advisor, Irish Calaguas, said PHP 100 million of the PHP 204 million annual waste separation management budget will be used to purchase rice and equipment needed for the upcoming project.

Calaguas said a portion of the allocated budget will be used to set up a designated storage area and take-back trucks that will roam the city’s 33 barangays daily, serving as an exchange station.

She said the plastics collected will then be sold to companies that recycle plastic for hollow blocks and cement.

She also said the planned implementation of the program comes in January next year as city officials are still ironing out the details of the project’s policies and mechanisms. (PNA)

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