An eco-trading center was opened Thursday inBrooke’s Point to make a go at creating consumer and business demand for products made of recycled materials.
Mayor Mary Jean D. Feliciano and members of the Brooke’s Point Municipal Council led the inauguration of the eco-trading center, hoping it will provide “green business opportunities and profits to residents.”
She said the center will put on display hollow and paving blocks made out of pulverized glass, shredded plastic mixed with screen sand and cement, vermicomposts, paper charcoal and other items from scraps, and ornaments made of recycled garbage materials.
“Dati nakatanggap tayo ng sulat from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regarding sa gabundok na basura na problema ng bayan ng Brooke’s Point at dahil gabundok na ang basura ay gusto na tayong kasuhan. Salamat sa Diyos, dahil sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga mamayan ng Brooke’s Point and all the department heads ng bawat ahensya ng lokal na pamahalaan, lalo na ng MENRO office, ay nasolusyunan na natin ang problemang ito,” Feliciano said.
She explained the trading center will bring together residents who will engage in making profitable enterprises out of the waste materials they can recycle into useful items.
The center, Feliciano added, will provide an area where sellers can market their products based on a prescribed price list that had been approved through Municipal Ordinance No. 2018-13, authorizing the Municipal Solid Waste Management Office (MSWDO) to sell waste materials that can be recycled to buyers.
Remie L. Mostiero, senior environmental management specialist of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), said putting up the trading center is also an advantage for them to prevent overloading the capacity of their landfill.
“We thank God for this dream come true which is in line with the with the ecological solid waste management vision of our mayor. Ayaw natin na ang sanitary landfill ay maging basurahan ng residuals. Ang gusto natin bawasan ito to make ‘may pera sa basura’ and still have enough space,” said Mostiero.