21-08-2018

Part 1. Five pesos for a kilo of old newspapers

Do you know where our trash go? Are you aware that every person produces more or less 4 pounds of trash everyday? Half of which includes electronic waste, old clothes, (old) newspaper, food waste and chemical-related waste? 

I must admit that I was not as concern about recycling as much as I do today. I remember that my mother and her long-time partner invested on recycling papers, cartons and metals for a living. They used to go around local supermarkets collecting carton boxes and office waste mainly papers and some newspapers. 2 pounds of old newspaper would cost around 5 to 6 pesos as I recall 10 years ago. We learned to segregate our trash at home and during my spare time, I used to remove the metal clam clips.  

Today, at the age of 32, it bothers my conscience if I did not segregate the waste properly at home like the daily compost and plastic. All categories of waste falls under everything we have at home/takes home. Most of the time, waste comes from food packaging, compost (greens/vegetable or fruit peels) or anything that is biodegrable goes directly to the garden as a fertilizer for the plants/earth. The municipality supports and helps the community i making the waste as little as possible and sometimes providing additional trash bins to make it easy for us. 

You see the five-peso coin on top is gold to those who lives in the Smokey Mountain in the Philippines. You can read more about the history of the once upon a time was a miserable/dumping site place here. For the people who resided and were born there, the most practical way to earn a little amount of money is to segregate garbage and sell them to the junk shops. Junk shop is similar to a recycling center of other countries. The only difference is that most of them are privately owned as a form of business. In Denmark, we call it Genbrugsplads "recycling center", which is also privately owned, but the it is also the state's responsibility to ensure the continuous good business relationship between the private companies and recycling centers in collecting waste/junk. You can deliver all sorts of unwanted wastes you have at home (paper, carton, plastic, ceramic, glass, foam, wood, metal, electronic devices, batteries, burnable and hazardous wastes. It is almost from A-Z! 

Recently, I have read about e-waste, also knowns as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It was published by PROSA magazine, released on August 2018. PROSA is a modern trade union and professional interest organisation, dedicated exclusively to serving the interest of IT professionals. WEEE is non-biodegradable and mostly contains heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum that has hazardous effects to the environment. In general, e-waste is sent to Africa and in many asian countries where they repair, upgrade if possible and re-sell it after. I can still recall my first bought compact VCD/DVD player at an auction house of second-hand imported appliances in our town in the Philippines, to which I have paid for 1500 pesos, way back in 2013. 

What does a five-peso coin could do for you on a daily basis? It could also be $5, £5, €5 or 5 danish kroners.

In my case, the "pant" as we call it here can be seen at the bottom of the packaging of the empty bottle/can or plastic glass makes me earn extra coins that could be used to buy a piece of croissant, donate to somebody who sings and plays a guitar in the walking street of Copenhagen, or save it for later. You would definitely find a tin can or a bottle with pant everytime you go out of the house.

 

Helpful links:

STORY OF STUFF

BOKASHI - ODOURLESS COMPOSTING

SUSTAINABLE CITY INITIATIVES

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES - PHILIPPINES

RECYCLING PROCESS DOCUMENTARY IN DANISH

or simply check out this link as a summary of the documents that may be useful for you.

RECYCLE

 

Sincerely,

Sheree Ann Kratmann Indiongco

Blooming Etiquette