E-waste facility to rise in Caloocan

March 02, 2019

Electrical or electronic devices, commonly referred to as e-waste will soon be properly disposed with the establishment of an e-waste facility in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.

Atty. Jonas Leones, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs,  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the project seeks to promote the environmentally-sound management of discarded e-waste.

During Friday’s event, various stakeholders, especially from e-waste collectors, dismantlers and recyclers, project collaborators gathered in Barangay 176, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City to put a signage for the planned E-Waste Category F.1 Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) Facility in the pilot area.

“We are here together to mark a new chapter in our effort to promote the environmentally-sound management of e-waste so that their hazardous components do not end up contaminating the environment, specifically our water bodies, which serve as our main source of food and other resource needs,” Leones said.

The establishment of the said e-waste facility is made possible by the Safe PCB and E-Waste Management Project funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented in the country by UNIDO through the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau.

The soon-to-be erected facility to be manned by trained personnel from the ranks of local informal recyclers will be used to store collected e-waste, particularly old and busted TVs, prior to being transferred for proper dismantling and recycling at the Laguna-based Integrated Recycling Industries (IRI), a company specializing in the reclamation and recycling of useful materials from e-waste.

Speaking on behalf of the host community of 300,000 residents, Barangay 176 Chairman Joel Bacolod said: “Barangay Bagong Silang, being the largest barangay in the country, is pleased to set an example as ‘cause champion’ in environmental management and advocacy, especially in the way we handle unwanted electrical and electronic goods.”