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Plastic garbage to plastic chair?

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Plastic garbage just anywhere may be turned into plastic chair for anyone? Why not. Environmentalists and environment officials are eyeing the Abucay Ecological Center in Sitio Macao, Barangay Capitangan, Abucay for the project which is also the plan of Abucay Mayor Liberato P. Santiago, Jr.

Engr. Ernesto Vergara, municipal administrator, said the whole thing is yet in the drawing board pending completion of necessary materials and requirements. “Pinag-uusapan pa,” Vergara said.

Abucay Councilor Edwin Bernales said the town’s daily garbage runs to more or less 10 tons of which 4.5 tons are biodegradable while 5.5 tons are non-biodegradable. He said studies are being conducted to find out if plastic materials being collected at the Abucay Ecological Center are sufficient raw materials to manufacture plastic chairs. Sources said the prospect of producing plastic chairs from plastic garbage is “bright.”

Abucay Vice Mayor Robin Tagle accompanied by Councilors Jayson Mercado, Jay Sacdalan and Ruben Valencia visited recently the ecological center to see for themselves the machineries delivered by DENR and the regional office of Environment Management Bureau after Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia endorsed them to Abucay Ecological Center. “We just want to express our sincere gratitude to Gov. Abet for the endorsement that would benefit Abucay folks,” Tagle said.

The machineries were composed of plastic shredders, rapid sand filter, molders, rotary composter, settling tanks, among others. The center is now filled with machineries and equipment for possible manufacture of plastic chairs out of collected plastic garbage from Abucay households. Garbage segregation has been strictly enforced in Abucay.

At the ecological center will rise the P2.9 million multi-purpose facility that will serve as motorpool and materials recovery facility. The construction started last March 4 and is expected to be completed next month.

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