From Trash to Bricks, Marikina Recyles as Part of Waste Management Program

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Mayor Marcy Teodoro has revitalized the City Government’s waste management program and recently launched an animated video-making contest that aims to raise more awareness on the proper segregation, disposal and management of wastes, especially among Marikina’s young citizens.

Mayor Marcy has also reinvigorated the recycling program of the City Government, including turning used cooking oil, Styrofoam and plastic bags into decorative bricks that are used in pavements and benches.

Every month, the employees of the City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) collect used cooking oil from households in all of the 16 barangays in Marikina. The used cooking oil is mixed with plastic bags and Styrofoam in making the bricks.

“Ang used cooking oil ay ginagamit to mold bricks and decorative paving blocks. Meron tayong styro at plastic densifier machine kung saan ang mga collected cooking oil, styro at plastics ay  hinahalo at ginagamit para makapag-mold tayo ng mga bricks,” said Renan Mateo, head of information, education, campaign and special projects division of CEMO, in an interview inside his office.

“Iyong mga bricks are used for landscaping sa ating mga city parks. Brittle siya and not designed for buildings. Pwedeng gamitin sa mga pathways, flooring, benches. Pero kapag ginamit sa mga pathways, dapat light lang ang mga dadaan, hindi pwede sa daanan ng mga sasakyan,” Renan added.

Some of the bricks that have been made in CEMO have been used in making benches at the Marikina Sports Center, as well as in parks and public schools in Marikina, Renan said.

“It’s part of our waste to landscape program,” he said. “The ratio is for every 10 kilos of used cooking oil, 20 kilos of Styrofoam and three kilos of thin plastics, we can mold 20 to 25 bricks,” Renan added.

For more information about Marikina’s waste management programs, please call CEMO and look for Renan Mateo or Oliver Villamena at 948-1204 to 05.

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