June 14, 2024

Benguet is looking forward to reducing its plastic wastes and turning them into chairs with the launching of its plastic to chair machine.
The set of plastic recycling equipment with plastic chair molds machine was turned over by the Environment and Management Bureau-Cordillera.
Benguet Environment and Natural Resources Office Community Development Officer Sinclaire Gawiden said the P6.55-million set of equipment is composed of a shredder machine and an extruder machine.
She said it takes 25 kilos of cellophane to create one plastic chair.
The cellophanes, which are to be air dried, are fed into the shredder then washed and dried. The shredded plastic wastes are then fed to the extruder machine to be melted, and then placed in the molder.
The plastic parts are then cooled and assembled into a plastic chair.
Gawiden said initially they are collecting plastic wastes, particularly cellophane since it is thinner, from the various offices of the provincial government.
She added her office has coordinated with the different municipal environment and natural resources offices regarding the use of the equipment.
Gawiden said the machine is open for use by interested local government units.
She said the equipment will reduce plastic wastes generated by the towns, especially those that are yet to establish their own engineered sanitary landfill.
Only La Trinidad has its own engineered sanitary landfill in Barangay Alno among the 13 towns of Benguet. 
Gov. Melchor Diclas said the facility is a big help for the province as the local government pursues to address problems on solid wastes.
Diclas said the equipment would also benefit schools as the chairs made using the facility will be donated to public schools in the province. – Ofelia C. Empian