GUIDE TO ECOLOGICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IN OFFICES

TO: ALL DIRECTORS AND HEADS
CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

SUBJECT: GUIDE TO ECOLOGICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IN OFFICES

FROM: MS. LOU VALECIA ARSENIO
Ecology Desk Coordinator

Noted: REV. FR. ANTON C.T. PASCUAL
Minister, Archdiocese of Manila Social Service Ministry

The Archdiocese of Manila Ecology Desk (AMED) is requesting everyone to follow the following scheme in managing the discards in your offices and in the whole institution.

1. Reduce your discards by not using styro foam and plastic disposable utensils

2. Segregate the discards: Use at least 3 segregation bins or containers

= 1 left over food (minus thewet tissue paper or any non food mats). Use covered container (pail or ice cream container)

= 1 for dry papers, cartons, box containers, dry plastic bags, foil and dry empty printer ink containers use big brown box

= 1 for dry empty cans, pet bottles, plastic containers and etc. Use regular plastic bin.

The segregated discards may be collected or sold to the Smokey Mountain Resource Recovery Systems (SMRRS) in the parish of the Risen Christ led by Fr. Ben Beltran everyday or once a week – depending on the bulk of discards.

3. Food left over may be composted in a flower pot with soil or in the office garden or may be collected by SMRRS for composting.

4. Used toilet papers, sanitary napkins and diapers may be composted in the garden to serve as soil enhancer for the ornamental plants. These may also be collected by the SMRRS for composting. BURNING OF WASTES/DISCARDS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY R.A. 9003.

Your discard materials can be a source of livelihood for our 3,000 – 4,000 scavengers in Metro Manila. Let us give them descent livelihood and spare them from the mountains of garbage in the dumpsites that put to risk their lives and that of their children by ecologically managing our discards.

We are very willing to train your office personnel in managing your discards without harming God’s creation and human health.

“Mga Panapon ay ipagbukud – bukod at irecycle. Nulikha ng Diyos ay ingatan!

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