School-based waste management project launched in Mandaue City


School-based waste management project launched in Mandaue City
Representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd) Mandaue City Division, Mandaue City Environment and Natural Resources Office (MCENRO), and World Vision convened for MOA signing and to launch the Trash to Treasure Project, held at the DepEd Mandaue City Division Office today, February 18.

The Trash to Treasure is a 1-year project sponsored by Coca-Cola Foundation that aims to establish solid waste collection and recycling systems in Metro Cebu.

“Solid Waste Management is a concern that is being prioritized by the city government here in Mandaue City. Right now, we are facing the threat of the polio virus that is present in our local river,” says Dr. Estella Susvilla, CESO IV, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Mandaue City. “We are grateful that World Vision and the stakeholders of this project also reached out and come up with this project.”

The gist of this project’s mechanics starts with the students throwing plastic trash to disposal containers in return of incentives such as school supplies. The school will manage in collecting and selling the trash to identified buyers. The income will provide sustainability of the project. World Vision will oversee the project and provide technical training along with the MCENRO.

“We hope that this project will help the students become drivers of behavioral change among their families and even in the communities,” shares World Vision project coordinator of the Trash to Treasure, Lyjim Aguipo. “Together as we work for this project to be operational and sustainable, we are creating a safe and healthy environment for the children and the next generation.”

The Trash to Treasure project aims to benefit 22,500 individuals in Mandaue and Cebu cities and collect 45,000 kilos of plastic waste.

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