WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Residents of Bińan City in the Philippines have produced bricks and hollow blocks from volcanic ash deposits and plastic wastes that came from the Taal volcano that erupted on Jan. 12.
- The city grabbed the opportunity of promoting ‘massive recycling’.
- Proceeds of the newfound business venture would be given to the victims of the volcanic eruption.
As the devastating state of the affected areas almost eclipsed the hopes of the people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, residents of Bińan City, Laguna in the Philippines discovered ‘big opportunities’ from ashes.
Tens of thousands of grey bricks from volcanic ash deposits mixed with cement plastic wastes have been produced for the repair of the damaged parts of the city after the volcanic eruption on January 12.
This ‘breakthrough’ has provided ‘short economic stimulus’ and has even lessened the amount of plastics in the city-owned landfills.
Accordingly, the mayor of Bińan City told the residents to gather and sack the fine, grey ash deposits around the city by Taal and send them to the city-owned factory.
While others found ash falls as a huge problem to deal with, the city chief thought the other way around.
“Instead of just piling up the ashfall somewhere, we are able to turn it into something useful. And it includes plastics, too,” said city environmental officer Rodelio Lee.
With the 5,000 bricks made of ash and plastic waste produced per day, the city has seized substantial recycling opportunities.
“When the ash came, we thought we’d exchange the white sand which we mix with plastics to be converted into bricks with ash. We did it and they came out sturdy,” city Mayor Walfredo Dimaguila told Reuters.
Dimaguila also revealed that they are planning to sell the hollow blocks and bricks to interested companies and the proceeds would be donated to the residents of the affected areas.
Source: Good News Network