Quezon City integrates junk shops, recyclers in waste reduction campaign

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Recognizing the vital role of recyclers in waste reduction drive, the Quezon City Environment Protection and waste Management Department (EPWMD) has invited more than 700 recyclers for a solid waste and management forum under the “Zero Litter sa QC Project”.

During the forum, the EPWMD highlited the role of formal and informal sector recyclers in the over-all waste reduction and diversion effort of the city.

The recyclers also learned how to pro-actively participate in the environmental management policies, programs and projects as well as with the social facet of local administration.

Remelito Hirang, chief of the EPWMD monitoring, inspection and enforcement section, said their record shows that there are more than 700 junk shops in Quezon City, however only 80 of them has registered their business.

Aside from their role in waste management, the recyclers also learned about City Ordinance No. 2350-2014 also known as “The Quezon City Environment Code.”

“Napakalaki pala ng sector ng mga recyclers na hindi natin napapansin dito sa Quezon City. Sila ang may malaking participation para pagtagumpayan ng gobyerno ang programa sa waste segregation. We will organize, empower, and teach them on how to operate para na rin sa health and sanitation na aspeto. Hindi po natin sila pinagbabawalan, kundi sila po ay ating susuportahan,” Hirang said.

Aside from regulation of junk shops, the city government in a private-public partnership scheme is also planning to build recycling facility where all wastes collected by all junk shops will be recycled.

The forum is scheduled August 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11 that will be held at Bulwagang Amoranto, Quezon City Hall.