LGU turn Taal Volcano's ash, plastic trash into bricks

LGU turn Taal Volcano's ash, plastic trash into bricks

Filipino ingenuity as its best.

The unexpected spewing of ash by Taal volcano which have brought a lot of hardship to those communities surrounding her, is being put to a good use by environment officials in Biñan City.

The ash is being mixed with plastic waste to make bricks in an inventive response to the country's persistent problems of pollution and frequent natural disasters by Biñan City.

In this photo taken on January 17, 2020 workers at the Biñan City Materials and Recovery Facility (MRF) monitor the brick making process from collected volcanic ash from the recent Taal volcano eruption to process them and turn them into cement bricks in Bian. Binan got coated with ash after nearby Taal Volcano erupted Sunday, but the local officials decided to put the dust to work rather than just cleaning it up. The fine grey powder is being mixed with locally collected plastic waste, as well as sand and cement, to form about 5,000 bricks per day. The blocks will be used for local building projects. (courtesy of PhilStar)

They did not just cleaned the ashes from their property but decided to combine the ash with sand, cement and discarded plastic to form about 5,000 bricks per day for local building projects.
"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.
As per reports, the country is facing a waste crises, it uses a "shocking" amount of single-use plastic, including nearly 60 billion throwaway sachets per year.

Add the fact that the country is plagued by atleast 20 storms annually,  and earthquakes which together have killed hundreds and costs the country billions of pesos in damages.

With volcanic ash and plastic both in plentiful supply, the officials in Biñan see their project as a silver lining.
"During these times, our creativity becomes apparent," said the mayor of Biñan, Arman Dimaguila.

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