Solon proposes replacing plastic garbage with incentives

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House Deputy Minority Leader and Aangat Tayo Partylist Rep. Harlin Abayon proposed to offer incentives in solving the problem of plastics in the Philippines.

Abayon on Monday, March 25, filed House Bill No. 9170 seeking to give one kilogram of rice or its cash equivalent in exchange for 1 kilogram of non-hazardous and recyclable plastics.

The measure also suggests giving two kilograms of rice or its cash equivalent in exchange for one kilogram of metallic, non-hazardous, and recyclable trash.

Abayon believes that it is no longer enough to appeal for Filipinos to segregate their trash, and return plastic bottles, wrappers, and other solid wastes to redemption centers.

The bill considers plastic bottles, wrappers, bags, sachets, metal canisters, unserviceable or used electrical and electronic devices, discarded hardware and recyclable computer parts as solid wastes.

The congressman hopes that, by offering incentives, households will be enticed to set aside their disposables in a large bag, and ‘go to the nearest materials recovery facility to exchange their junk and waste for cash or basic goods their families can use’.

This is what we envision will happen when this bill is enacted into law. A whole nation actively engaged in segregating and recycling their waste because they are well-motivated to do so,” Abayon said in a statement.

Under HB 9170, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be the lead implementing agency. They will coordinate with Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the implementation of the measure.

The proposal also authorizes DENR, DA, and DTI to establish a Hazardous Waste Recovery Protocols and Reporting System, through which individuals may report the exact location and details of the suspected hazardous waste for recovery.

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