ANGELES CITY — The city government here will launch a waste-to-cement program, using the plastics collected from the city’s ”Walang Plastikan: Plastik Palit Bigas” project.
This was gleaned after Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. met with Angela Edralin-Valencia, the Managing Director of Republic Cement and Building Materials Inc.
In the said meeting, Lazatin and Valencia discussed the use of polyethylene plastics, polystyrene packaging material, and other non-recyclable combustibles to manufacture cement.
“Yung mga polyethylene plastics po can serve as an alternative fuel to manufacture cement,” said Edralin-Valencia.
Under the proposed waste-to-cement program, every one metric ton of shredded waste will be converted to 10 bags of cement while one metric ton of unshredded waste can be turned into 5 bags of cement.
“Yung pong mga plastik na nakokolekta ng ating proyekto, gagawin po nating semento, bukod po sa nasimulan nating paggawa sa mga ito bilang brick pavers,” Lazatin said.
All of the cement produced from the project, as well as the brick pavers, will be solely used in the administration’s projects and minor repairs in public schools.
This was also shared by City Engineer Donato Dizon who said that “Mayor Lazatin instructed our office to supervise this project with Chief Adviser IC Calaguas.”
“Ang bilin po ni Mayor, use it for local infrastructure projects, particularly in the sidewalks and drainages,” Engr. Dizon said.
At the time of writing, 1,465,546 kilos of plastic were collected and exchanged into rice thru the Walang Plastikan: Plastik Palit Bigas project since its launching on January 2022.
Redemption trucks are plying via schedule in the 33 barangays, while the redemption booth in the City Hall is open every Mondays to Thursday, 8AM to 5PM.
The redemption booth launched on July 2022 is being supervised by Engr. Dizon, Calaguas, Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel and Angeles City Economic Development Investment Promotions Office Head Irish Bonus-Llego.