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Melting machine, answer to garbage woes

San Jose, Antique (16 February) -- The Provincial government of Antique through the leadership of Governor Salvacion Z. Perez distributed three melting machines to help solve garbage problem in compliance to the provision of Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as Solid Waste Management Act.

The melting machine will recycle styro and plastic garbages into useful items such as pavers and bricks which will not only answer problem of garbage disposal but will also generate income for the local government units.

Vivian Barillo, ENR Officer of the province said that the machine also called melting oven were given to the towns of Hamtic, Bugasong and Pandan to intensify proper garbage disposal and sanitation. Other municipalities (clustered towns) near the location of the machine can avail of its services since it is strategically located to its neighboring towns.

"Most of the local government units have problems on waste management. You can see many plastic clutter in sidewalks and drainage which can cause flooding if rainy season comes. These are residual wastes and are non-biodegradable," said Barillo.

Melting oven will be a big help to solve this problem, if this plastics can be used to make pavers and bricks.

To manufacture pavers, one kilo of shredded plastic will be mixed with one kilo of used cooking oil.

The densifier machine is heated up to 150 degrees Celcius to cook the mixture for 45 minutes. The sticky mixture is then poured into a molder made from steel plates. The products are then dried under the sun for at least a week to drain their oil content.

Bricks on the other hand, are dried under the sun for at least 24 hours.

Governor Salvacion Z. Perez, representing the Provincial Government of Antique signed the memorandum of agreement with 18 municipalities as to the use of the machine while the chief executives of each town will create their own agreement as to use of the machine per cluster of towns designated.

The Provincial Government has released P510 thousand for the said machine at P170,000 each. With cooperation of local officials and communities, operation of melting machine will also help reduce the volume of garbage deposited in dumpsites.

Barillo enjoined everyone to help solve the problem on solid waste management because we produce garbage ourselves. We can also be part of the solution by recycling, reusing and reducing our garbage thus contributing to the solution on the waste problem. (PIO/PIA) [top]

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