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Recycling our garbages to the fullest

Updated on February 4, 2010

Reuse, recycle, refill

Going green. This is the usual mantra of many environmentalists that are continously campaigning for recycling our garbages to the fullest. Every country has formulated their own Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP). Unfortunately in the Philippines, the proper implementation of the program is not properly clear among the government agencies, people's organization and non-government organizations. Still, the country's proper waste disposal procedure is not that visible and fully implemented to the masses.

Smokey Mountain

This is the common example of government's negligence when it's acrid smell due to the mountain of garbages destroyed many lives during the 90s in Payatas, Quezon City in Luzon.

The dump site became the haven of many children who were eager to collect reusable and sellable items, like plastic materials, bottles, papers and others. They ignored the danger of living near the area when landslide occured to to the heavy rains the country experienced during that period. Nearby residents bear the foul smell from the decaying garbages that cause many skin and lung diseases.

Japan is the first neighboring country to spearhead recycling program and extended full concern regarding the health situation of the residents. Seminars on proper waste management were conducted involving the recycling of the reusable materials. The residents learnt how to maximize the use of garbages they collected, not only to resell it at nearby junk shops but fabricate or innovate new products out of plastic materials from the garbage dump site.

Reusing plastics

We use plastic products everyday. It is non-biodegradable.From plastic bags in the market, plastic wares at home and fastfood centers, we oftens ignore the facts throwing it anywhere can cause many hazards or problems in the city's irrigation canals, living things at sea or river and poison the source of our drinking water.

Most people who didn't know the effects of burning plastics in the atmosphere continue to have deaf ears and ignore the advocacy of Green Peace International to help in maintaining a safe and clean environment to all living things. Too much burning of plastics or even production of plastics in factories cause the depletion of our atmosphere and a big hole at the ozone layer.

We can help reduce the adverse effects of plastics in the enviroment by mainly reusing or recycling it.Plastics emit hydroflourocarbons (HFC) when burn. It will take a half century or 500 years if we just dump it in the soil. So, we can be an advocate in a simple way by not throwing plastic cups and bottles anywhere. We can store it and sell it at the junk shop.

If we just ignore this scenario, we will continue to suffer the effects of land, water and air pollution.

Refilling the soil of your garden

Biodegradable wastes such as fruit peelings, and decaying food leftovers can be used as soil filling or fertilizer.

In your backyard, you can construct or make a simple open wooden case, whether rectangular or square in shape, to hold your decaying wastes. Add the fallen leaves from your trees and our friendly earthworms. In just a few days, you can see the product of your garbage called compost soil that you can use in your garden as refill or fertilizer.

On board a merchant vessel

There are color-coded bins on board merchant vessels. Garbage segregation is strictly observed because every country has its punishments to all violators. You cannot throw garbage, especially plastic inside and outse special areas or even in non-special areas or open seas.

Red bins are for plactic garbages like plastic bottles, ropes, baskets, etc. Blue bins are for food wastes. Yellow bins are for floating dunnages like cartoons or wooden crates or cases. Black bins are for glass products like bottles and also crockery or clay products or china wares. All wastes are collected at the port of call or country being visited by the merchant vessel.

The colors of recycle bins being used in the cities or towns slightly differ. Anyways, as long as people comply with the waste disposal regulations, there will be no more big problems in the future. 

Isn't it nice to help Mother Earth preserve its natural resources by reusing, recyclling our non-biodegradable garbages and refilling the soil with the compost from biodegrable wastes? If you are one of those who cares about this world, then you can do your share now.

Recycle your garbage...or God will


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      Ireno Alcala 8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks, bacville. Old things that are non-biodegradable are still reusable.

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      bacville 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Old newspapers, notebooks and cartoons are things we're collecting so that I can sell it to the junk shop nearby our place.