“trash to cash …”

There’s truth to the saying … “your trash is a gold mine to others” … and this story is a testament to converting trash to cash.  Sharing to my readers this article I wrote about recycling business …
Recycling plant supplies distributors’ effs trays requirements nationwide
DAVAO CITY, May 7 (PNA) — Out of waste papers and cartoons, a Davao-based recycling plant supplies the needs of egg trays of distributors in the country.Jomaray Pulp Pacaking Industries human resource manager Joefrey Oclarit told Tuesday’s Davao Business Forum at DermPath in SM City Davao they source their raw materials of waste papers and cartoons from the different establishments in the city and in the box plant of Dole Philippines.
JPPI is headed by Jonathan O. Suy who was awarded as the Small Business Entrepreneur of the country in 2012 by Ernst and Young.

Anchored on the company’s support for protecting the environment, he said they proportion their production with 70 percent waste papers and 30 percent water.

And the water used is also being recycled, he said.

He said they could produce 5,000 egg trays per hour and their operation is for 24 hours.

Thirty percent of the waste materials are sourced out from Davao City and 70 percent from Dole Philippines box plant.He sad about 6 tons of waste products are hauled from Dole box plant even as he said that they also get materials from other government offices like the shredded waste papers from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
But in the case of the BSP, a bank representative goes to our plant to make sure that the shredded waste papers are used in our production as this is part of the requirement of the government.
Oclarit said the concept and design was our own innovation and the machines used by the plant here is manufactured in China which they had an agreement that said design and concept is solely for their own use.He said before they upgraded into total automation of their production about 300 workers were employed and with the new technology, the operation for the recycling plant is run by 100 people.The other product that the plant produces are the papaya and pineapple trays that Dole Philippines need for their fruit export to Japan and other foreign markets.

He said it was the plant’s product offer to Dole which they become the sole supplier of this particular item.

He said the Dole company upon using the trays produced by JPPI noted lesser wastage.

As this developed, he said the demand is increasing but “we see the lack of raw materials as a positive problem”.

Right now he said they are negotiating with big malls to buy their waste paper and cartoons. “We are just finalizing some details and hopefully we get an additional volume of 3 to 4 tons weekly at the two SM malls (Ecoland and Lanang) and another 2 tons in NCCC.

Oclarit also said that they have also special contracts like a company in Batangas where they manufactured an electronic tray for Ionics Skyware Electronic Device that are shipped to the US and Europe.

He said they will also venture into producing paper plates and cups with the total ban of plastics and styro products in the city.

But he said they will be using virgin materials of white bond paper from paper mills and printing presses.

“The project is still being studied and hopefully we could start the production of the new product by the third quarter,” he said. (PNA)

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Davao dad urges Dabawenyos to segregate garbage from the source

The city government of Davao is now ready for a stricter implementation of solid waste management, as residents are told to segregate garbage from the source.

Davao City council committee head on environment Councilor Marissa Abella said residents must segregate garbage from where it emanates, that is from their respective homes.

The residents must already classify their garbage so collection will be systematic, otherwise when sanctions will be imposed they will be spared of the inconvenience.

Abella said they will be strict this time on the city’s garbage problem, noting that the volume will continue to increase if the residents will not cooperate.

The barangay leaders must be active on this even as she said that they must play a major role as they will strengthen the information, education and communication advocacy of proper waste disposal.

City Agriculturist Officer Leonardo Avila III said towards the end of 2009, volume of garbage in Davao City was at 700 tons per day.

He said every Dabawenyo generates about half a kilo of garbage per day.

He also said that if Davao City residents would practice proper waste segregation, the use of the sanitary landfill be will be extended to another 10 years.

The P261-million sanitary landfill built on a 3.8- hectare site has component cell areas where garbage is stored and processed, he said.

He said to make it possible, all the barangays down to households should become fully responsible on managing their solid wastes through segregation. (PNA) scs/Digna D. Banzon

Davao Chamber, SM intensifies campaign on eWaste recycling and proper disposal

Recycling and proper disposal of waste materials from electronic devices to include computers, laptops and cellphones is the focus of massive advocacy campaign by SM City Davao and he Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

SM City has set a Waste Market Day (WMD) every first Saturday of each month and this December it will be on December 5 where accredited buyers of waste materials will set up a buying booth at the mall’s parking lot to receive the items from the public.  This has already been institutionalize and Dabawenyos bring to the WMD their recyclable items. Continue reading

Reducing waste through charcoal briquette production

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)  is conducting a massive advocacy on reducing waste through its charcoal briquetting program that will at the same provide alternative livelihood and conserve forest resources.

Bonifacio A. Apura, regional executive director of DENR XI said they had introduced the technology to different sectors in the community saying that it generated good results although a lot of work still has to be done.

With the volume of garbage that is being produced and using the technology he said these waste products could be converted into charcoal of better quality.

He said the DENR charcoal is a solid fuel dervied from carbonized leaves, twigs, stem and other farm and urban wastes and compacted into briquettes.  The charcoal is easy to ignite and burns completely in at least 50 minutes.

He said with this charcoal it can lessen wood charcoal consumption of poultry farms, households and other domestic businesses. Every year these charcoal users consume about 5.4 metric cubic meters of fuel wood from the forest and woodlands or an equivalent of 1.35 million metric tons of charcoal.  And for every ton of briquettes produced, about 88 trees are conserved.

Citing comnparative analysis of the type of charcoal required per household Continue reading

Davao student wins international award on determining sex of Phil Eagles

Completing a research project while still in high school about determining the sex of Philipine Eagles, this 16 year old boy from Davao City competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and won in the competition.

Jovani Tomale traveled to Reno, Nevada in May to present a computer program that detemine the sex of a Philippine Eagle and took home 2nd Special Award from the American Statistical Association (ASA).

Tomale, now an SM Foundaion scholar and studying accountancy freshman of the Ateneo de Davao University, formulated the computer software during his senior year at Davao City National High School with the supervision of Aristoniel Cabonilas, research consultant and Vladimer Jobayashi of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao.

He said he learned during one of their field trips at the conservation breeding facility in Davao that the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) had a problem determining the sex of Philippine Eagles.

He designed a computer program Continue reading

PEF calls on the public to help save rare eagles

With the celebration of Philippine Eagle Week (PEW) on June 4 to 9, 2009, the Philippine Eagle Foundation is leading the celebration that calls for stewardshipn and social responsibility inorder to help save rare eagles.

Tatit Quiblat, PEF communications officer said the stability of the forests, as people’s source of food, livelihood and protection from man-made calamities, can be measured in the number of existing Philippine Eagles found in these areas.

She said an eagle needs 7,000 hectares of forest to live but currently the figure is in an alarming rate and we are losing the forest to sustain the eagle and human life.

During the PEW, Quiblat said they will be staging a fun-filled activities for kids of all ages to highlight the importance of Philippine Eagle and wildlife conservation.

She said the celebration is a call for stewardship and social responsibility and aims to educate individuals and communities on how they can help this endangered specie. Continue reading

WTG 4 – Ligid Island dive site (passes government assessment)

grthidewys_dive.jpgThe dive site in Ligid Island is the first site of the Island Garden City of Samal that passed the assessment made by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR XI). Ligid Dive Site is backed by an ordinance of the city government of Samal City as guide on what to do and what not to do in the assigned site.

Based on the assessment the ground is host to rich and healthy rocks Continue reading