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From plastic to rice: AC collects 1.7M kilos in a year

ANGELES CITY — The Walang Plastikan-Plastik Palit Bigas project of the city government has been able to collect a total of 1,776,209 kilos of plastic from the city’s 33 barangays and redemption booths since its launch last year.

Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. said the 1,776,209 kilos of plastic collected were exchanged to 1,776,209 kilos of rice by all residents who participated in the project. 

Maraming salamat po sa ating mga kababayan sa efforts na makilahok po sa proyekto nating ito,” Lazatin shared. 

“While we aim to reinforce waste segregation and reduce the use of plastic, we are also offering a little reward for their effort — rice — to help our kababayans put food on their tables,” Lazatin furthered. 

Two trucks are deployed in the barangays via schedule with the supervision of Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel, Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office Head Irish Bonus-Llego said.

The redemption booth in the City Hall, meanwhile, is open every Mondays to Thursdays, 8AM to 5PM. 

City Engineer Donato Dizon explained that the collected plastics will be sold to cement companies. The earnings will then be turned over to the City Treasurer’s Office for collection. 

Of the 33 barangays visited for the project, Barangay Balibago has the highest number of plastic-to-rice exchange — 123,592 kilos; 2nd is Anunas with 115,671; followed by Cutud (97,334), Cutcut (75,602), and Pulung Maragul (73,568). 

The 6th to the highest is Pulung Cacutud (60,303); 7th is Pandan (52,657); 8th is Tabun (50,960); 9th is Sapangbato (48,815); and 10th is Pampang (47,476). 

Meanwhile, the redemption booth in the city hall collected 473,732 kilos of plastic.

To recall, the city government  purchased three new wing vans and four dump trucks, which are being used by the City Engineer’s Office for the Walang Plastikan-Plastik Palit Bigas Project.