As part of its collaborative efforts to involve the community and the local government units in its relentless task of reducing and recycling waste, CITE and CITE Multipurpose Cooperative held a seminar-workshop on October 27, 2018 (Saturday) attended by students, parents, and some local government officials.
Two resource speakers who spoke on environmental activism were invited to share with the attendees their advocacy and solutions on reducing the risks emanating from the frivolous collection of non-biodegradable products especially from wastes made of plastic.
Renowned marathoner and founder of Cebu Ultramarathon Club, Tony Galon, showed the participants how a daily habit of picking up 5 pieces of garbage everyday can be helpful in maintaining the cleanliness of the surroundings. Galon, a strong advocate of waste-free community, has made rounds in the school and mall events promoting the reduction and recycling of plastic. He also founded the Basura Run which began in Minglanilla where runners are asked to pick up litters while on the race.
The second speaker was Engr. Rosalie Fuentes, a Global Ecobricks Alliance Accredited trainer, who explained how dry non-bio materials such as candy wrappers can be stuffed into recycled plastic bottle containers thus re-purposing them into filler bricks in building systems such as fences or chairs.
To start an ecobrick, one needs to wash and dry plastic wastes. Hard plastics are cut into small pieces and soft plastics into bigger pieces and fitted through the mouth of the bottle with the use of a stick making it compact to meet the minimum weight requirement.
Here students are stuffing the plastic into the container to make the ecobrick sturdy enough. In so doing, trash are lessened and were reused to attain a waste-free community.
The seminar was graced by the presence of barangay councilors and SK officials from Canduman, Pit-os, and Talamban.
Additional photo from http://primer.com.ph/business/2018/08/04/ecobricks-transforms-plastic-waste-to-building-blocks/