MAKATI CITY – Marikina City announced it has revived its waste management program to intensify the segregation, disposal and management of wastes, especially among Marikina’s young citizens.
As part of this initiative, the local government recently launched an animated video-making contest that aims to raise more awareness on the proper waste disposal among the young people of Marikina City.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro has also relaunched the city government’s recycling program, including turning used cooking oil, Styrofoam and plastic bags into decorative bricks that are used in pavements and benches.
Every month, City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) employees collect used cooking oil from households in all of the 16 barangays in Marikina. The used cooking oil is mixed with plastic bags and Styrofoam in making the bricks.
Some of the bricks have been used in making benches at the Marikina Sports Center, as well as in parks and public schools in Marikina.
“Ang used cooking oil ay ginagamit to mold bricks and decorative paving blocks. Meron tayong styro at plastic densifier machine kung saan ang mga collected cooking oil, styro at plastics ay hinahalo at ginagamit para makapag-mold tayo ng mga bricks,” Renan Mateo, head of information, education, campaign and special projects division of CEMO, explained in an interview.
(The used cooking oil is used to to mold bricks and decorative paving blocks. We have a styro and plastic densifier machine where collected cooking oil, styro and plastics are mixed and used to mold bricks.)
“Iyong mga bricks are used for landscaping sa ating mga city parks. Brittle siya and not designed for buildings. Pwedeng gamitin sa mga pathways, flooring, benches. Pero kapag ginamit sa mga pathways, dapat light lang ang mga dadaan, hindi pwede sa daanan ng mga sasakyan,” he said.
(These bricks are used for landscaping city parks. It is brittle and not designed for buildings but can be used for pathways not passable for vehicles.)
The ratio, Mateo said, is for every 10 kilos of used cooking oil, 20 kilos of Styrofoam and three kilos of thin plastics, we can mold 20 to 25 bricks.