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A P4.9-M facility will assist Antique Town in cutting back on plastic trash.

Sibalom town received a PHP4.9 million shared service facility (SSF) from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Antique province office to be used for its alternative method for handling plastic trash.

According to Lynna Joy Cardinal, the information officer for the DTI Antique provincial office and the person in charge of the SSF project, “the turned-over equipment will intensify the Municipality of Sibalom’s thrust to reduce its generated wastes through diversion, recycling, recovery, and the use of alternative technology.”

On July 18, 2022, Sibalom received various pieces of machinery from DTI Provincial Director Ma. Dinda Tamayo, including an extruder to melt soft plastic flakes, a presser or molder of melted plastics, and a molder to create a plastic border.

Based on the town’s population in 2017, Cardinal claimed that 19.31 tons of biodegradable garbage, 1.38 tons of recyclable waste, 2.06 tons of residual waste, and 0.23 tons of special waste are produced daily.

The municipality’s expected economic expansion will cause the town’s trash generation per capita to rise in the years to come.

Sibalom should reduce the amount of plastic trash that is dumped in landfills by segregating waste properly at the source, collecting it separately, and establishing materials recovery facilities (MRF) in each of its 76 barangays.

Since they now have the SSF, Cardinal claimed, the community will be able to “use the gathered plastics as flower pots, plastic boards, and other plastic containers.”

At the Sibalom EcoPark in Barangay Iglanot, which also houses the SSF, there is currently a Municipal Central MRF for Sibalom.

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