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DENR will establish a plastic recycling facility in Ilocos Norte.

Ilocos Norte will obtain a new plastic recycling facility, which will help the province’s solid waste management program.

The gear would come from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, according to Estrella Sacro, head of the Ilocos Norte Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) (DENR).

It includes a plastic washer and dryer, as well as an extruder for producing items such as chairs, tables, and flowerpots.

“We are grateful to the DENR Central Office for entrusting us with this project as we strive to make Ilocos Norte a zero-waste province,” Sacro said after the dry run of the PHP6-million plastic trash recycling machine with a capacity of 250 kilos per hour on Monday.

Except for plastic bottles and hard plastic, the brand new plastic recycling machine, according to Sacro, can handle all forms of single-use plastic materials such as sando bags. As part of the continuing development of a pilot model cluster plastic recycling and materials recovery plant in Marcos town, the machine is currently stationed at the ENRO extended warehouse in Barangay Camanggaan.

The facility, which will process all biodegradable and residual wastes generated in the towns of Solsona, Dingras, Nueva Era, Pinili, Currimao, Badoc, San Nicolas, Banna, Paoay, and Batac City in the province’s second district, is being built on a three-hectare lot owned by the municipal government of Marcos.

Sacro claims that once fully operating, this will greatly reduce the solid waste problem.

In Piddig town, an eco hub facility for converting plastic waste materials into usable items was also opened on October 20.

Plastic wrappers and waste are broken down into pieces and mixed with cement and sand to create environmentally friendly materials and goods, such as eco-bricks and pervious pavers, using simple technology.

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