The pandemic did not stop 9 Pampanga LGUs to reduce their residual plastics going to landfills and diverting these to a more sustainable and environmental recovery and disposal process via cement kiln co-processing. ecoloop’s LGU partners diverted the equivalent of ~100 dump trucks or ~120 million sachets from landfills in the second half of the pandemic year.
Participating Pampanga LGUs, including the cities of Lubao, Sasmuan, San Fernando, Mexico, Guagua, Floridablanca, Macabebe, Mabalacat, and Porac, segregate qualifying residual plastic wastes for co-processing at the Republic cement plants. Through ecoloop’s Cement-for-Trash Program, the LGUs get cement, which they can use for environment or social development projects, in exchange for qualifying residual plastic wastes. This includes waste that can’t be recycled or reused, usually plastic packaging, such as sachets, plastic cutlery, grocery bags, food packaging, and straws, among others.
Lubao Municipal Environment & Natural Resources Office (MENRO) Engineer Dan Aquino says that “Republic’s cement-for-trash program not only helps save the environment but also helps LGUs save on landfilling and transport cost as well as provide employment to support the Material Recovery Facility operations.”
The MENROs appreciate the program as it helps them achieve their LGU waste diversion targets and encourage other LGUs to adopt the program to help build a stronger and greener Republic.
To learn more about ecoloop’s Cement-for-Trash Program for LGUs or for LGUs interested to become a partner, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ecoloop is the resource recovery group of Republic Cement.