Store accepts plastic waste for school supplies and grocery items

Store accepts plastic waste for school supplies and grocery items

By Kristelle Bechayda

A small corner in an elementary school in Ilocos Norte has come up with a unique way of managing waste by collecting disposed but clean plastic in exchange for usable items.

The Basura Exchange School Tiangge (BEST) program was recently launched within the premises of Burgos Central Elementary School (BCES) in Poblacion village in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It aims to educate young children about proper waste management and how to take care of nature.

As part of the barangay‘s waste diversion initiative, BEST is the product of collaboration between the local government unit, BCES, Energy Development Corp., and other stakeholders for the project.

According to Poblacion village chief, Jeogie Jimenez, every plastic waste collected has a corresponding point. “The more points mean more items to collect,” he added.

BEST accepts clean plastic waste items on weekdays, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the mornings and 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the afternoons.

The collected plastic waste are then turned into eco-bricks and decorations, while the rest are sold to junk shops where the proceeds are used to buy new supplies to restock the store.

Story from Philippine News Agency.

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