Habits of Recycling begin at Home

I would like to share on RECYCLING AND TRASH SEGREGATION as a series of discussion given that we are currently facing our biggest challenge to clean up our barangays, cities, provinces and ultimately our beloved country. Here is the first installment of this series.


I was a young kid in the 70s and early 80s and I remember how Filipinos were known for being “masinop.” One of the chores assigned to me was RECYCLING AND TRASH SEGREGATION. Of course, it didn’t have a fancy name then.

My routine was:

  1. I used to clean and reuse bottles to store sugar, coffee, salt and other items in the kitchen

2. I used to clean all empty containers, take out the labels and reuse them to store things at home, some of which I decorated to put trinkets, office supplies, or my mom’s sewing kits

3. I used to gather all the newspapers, magazines, old books, papers, etc and stack them together for Manong to collect.

4. I used to gather all the bottles of Magnoila chocolait and coca-cola bottles and prepare them for exchange (at that time we needed to bring bottles to but new drinks). You could see in the label below “return for deposit.”

Photo credit: Juan’s Evolution, Article on Flickr, Photo by shipblm_2008 at Flickr https://pin.it/phyvh3ibcayvwf

5. Since my mom was into sewing, I used to gather all the scrap cloth, “Pinagtabasan” as they were called them and would work with the sewer to make Chinese jackstones with monggo inside. Later, I learned to sew a bit and would make throw pillows with the scrap tela.

So, really, the discipline of smart waste management habits begin at home.

BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PINOY FAMILY TRAIT OF BEING A SMART BASURERO?

Today, the Philippines is facing a Herculean task to clean up its cities, rivers and esteros because of improper waste management. Reports show that households are the number 1 source of improper trash segregation.

Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net

To help raise a future generation of SMART BASUREROs, PARENTS HAVE TO TAKE THE LEAD ROLE. Here are some ideas that might help.

1. Read to them about RECYCLING AND TRASH SEGREGATION. A Filipino publication, BASURA KID, may be very educational and entertaining for children – http://nswmc.emb.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/7.basura-kid.pdf

2. PARTICIPATE in RECYCLING AND TRASH SEGREGATION EFFORTS in your barangays.

Click here for the list of Recyling Companies: http://nswmc.emb.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LIST_OF_RECYCLERS__REVISED_.pdf

3. ENCOURAGE KIDS TO RAISE FUNDS FROM RECYCLING

Make your kids feel the reward of recycling and segregating trash by helping them sell their materials. You can all enjoy ice-cream after, and its their treat!

Some idea on the prices:

  • Pet Bottles fetch Php16 – Php20 per kilo
  • Paper vary from Php1.50 – Php8 per kilo
  • Ink Jet Cartridges are from Php100 – Php300 each

Click here for the price list of recyclable materials: http://nswmc.emb.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Price-of-Recyclables.pdf

4. BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR KIDS

Paint old bottles and turn them into work of art like pencil/pen holders and other household decorations.

Click here for ideas from Papemelroti – https://papemelroti.blogspot.com/2015/04/recycling-top-trash-items-philippines.html

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