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SU earns Php400k from trash

Ray Chen Bahinting

A GROUP OF students from the College of Mass Communication conducted proper solid waste segregation campaign in Silliman University (SU) on Sept. 16, 2016 at Oriental Hall.
“Solid Waste Management in Silliman University” is a campaign that aims to change the behavior of Sillimanians towards segregation of solid waste by providing them background knowledge on solid waste management through symposia and media interventions such as radio plugging.
Aside from information-dissemination strategies of the campaign, the group asked the Silliman University Buildings and Grounds (SUBG) to provide 3-in-1 (recyclable, biodegradable and non-biodegradable) trash bins inside Oriental Hall, which is the focus of their campaign.
The group will coordinate with the Committee on Student Organizations and the Office of Student Services to ensure the adequate treatments with sustainable methods in partnership.
“Team Elements,” which is composed of Nurlyn Elli, Ray Chen Bahinting, Sarina Balatero, Quenie Mae Rosalem, and Karen Bustos participated in the Hibalag Parade of Lights wearing custom-made trashcans to launch this project.
Money from “Basura”
According to Edgar Ygnalaga, SUBG superintendent, SU earned Php400, 000 – 500,000 from the recyclable materials they sold last 2015.
Those materials were papers, plastic bottles, plastic cups and metals.
SUBG collects these recyclable items from the trash can that will go directly to their recovery facility.
According to Ygnalaga, every week, SUBG calls for bidders to sell these recyclable materials to the highest bidding amount.
Importance of segregation
Ygnalaga said that only if the students segregate their trashes properly, SU then can increase the amount of sales they earned last year.
He said that one of the problems in SU is that students “do not segregate their trashes” even though they are provided with the 3-in-1 trash bins.
“It is better to [segregate our garbage] and recycle materials to be recycled. First, it has money. Second, it is environment-friendly. For example, papers. We have to recycle these papers so that there will be no trees to be cut,” Ygnalaga said.
He also mentioned that proper segregation fastens the collection of garbage from the trash can. The collectors can easily bring the non-recyclable materials to the dumpsite and recover those that can be recycled.

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