News: Government prepares plan for recycling industry -
04 May 2008
THE government is now crafting the master plan that would be used in developing a new industry to cater to the recycling of waste materials consistent with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (RA 9003). The Board of Investments (BOI) has sought the technical assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) in conducting the initial work, which is the “Study on the Recycling Industry Development in the Philippines.”
The study will be completed in February 2008 and will be the basis of the master plan guiding the Philippine recycling industry. It covers two categories of recyclables: Category I includes paper, metal, plastics, and glass bottles; and Category II includes waste of cellular phones, TVs, refrigerators and personal computers.
Three pilot projects will be implemented under the study, the output of which will be analyzed and integrated into the master plan.
These pilot projects are: 1) Recyclables Collection and Information, Education and Communication Pilot Project that intends to analyze the impact/result of the proper waste-segregation practice among the target parties through awareness raising activities and review and assess the possibility of developing waste segregation, collection and recycling system in urban areas; 2) Mobile Plastics Collection and Recycling that seeks to evaluate the feasibility of mobile-type plastics collection and recycling; and 3) Cell Phone Waste Collection and Recycling that aims to increase awareness on the proper disposal of cell-phone waste (e.g., cell-phone batteries, chargers and cell-phone unit) and assess the feasibility of establishing cell-phone waste collection in designated areas.
The Cell Phone Waste Collection and Recycling Pilot Project was launched on September 14, 2007, at Dusit Hotel Nikko in Makati City.
This was highlighted by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the project partners composed of the government (Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Environment and Natural Resources); cell-phone manufacturers (Alcatel, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular); network-service providers (Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular); selected mall owners (Ayala Malls Group, Ortigas & Co. Ltd. and SM Prime Holdings); transport and storage facility (HMR Envirocycle Philippines); and Jica.