HB 5048 FILED TO GIVE SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE TO SPORADIC COASTAL CLEANUPS VS SOLID WASTE

 

‘Pera sa Basura Act’ pang-motivate sa mamamayan

Isang kilong basura = cash o isang kilong bigas, pwede!

 

“Those sporadic cleanup operations at Manila Bay and our coastal areas, where are they now? Ningas cogon. Unsustainable show of force. We need a sustainable and scalable solution to the solid waste crisis. Our comprehensive solution is contained in House Bill 5048,” said Rep. Frederick W. Siao of Iligan City.

Siao said, “HB 5048 gives people and organizations persuasive reason to practice better solid waste management.”

 

[Mga basura sa bangketa | Photo taken in Iligan City]

 

“Aside from putting in place a system for exchanging recyclable solid waste for cash or rice, water, canned goods, basic household consumer items, HB 5048 adapts the Carbon Credits system for reducing carbon emissions to the realm of solid waste recovery and reduction,” the ranking solon said.

The bill provides for collaboration of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with the  Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry, to encourage individuals, households, civic associations, parents-teachers associations, homeowners associations, and non-profit institutions to gather and exchange collected non-hazardous and recyclable solid wastes.

Recyclable solid waste includes plastic bottles, wrappers, bags, sachets, metal canisters, unserviceable or used electrical and electronic devices, discarded hardware and recyclable computer parts.

The bill further provides that the DENR, DA, and DTI shall determine the reasonable and compliance-inducing exchange values for graduated weights or volumes of solid wastes surrendered.

For hazardous waste recovery, the bill authorizes the DENR, DTI, and DA to establish a Hazardous Waste Recovery Protocols and Reporting System, through which individuals may report the exact location and details of the suspected hazardous waste.

“Specially-trained and equipped personnel or teams may be deployed to safely recover the confirmed hazardous waste. The  Hazardous Waste Recovery Protocols and Reporting System shall have a Cash Rewards feature to encourage the public to help government pinpoint and confirm the exact location of hazardous wastes,” Siao said in the bill’s explanatory note.

“For large-scale, corporate-level systemic recovery of solid wastes, the DENR, DTI, and Department of Finance would be tasked to adapt the Carbon Credits system,” Siao added.

The bill also lets private corporations and government-owned or controlled corporations establish special purpose corporations or joint ventures with the specific mission of redeeming and recovering plastic wastes.

“Enabling shall include a combination of mechanisms and incentives designed for corporate social responsibility programs and non-tax incentives,” Siao said. (END)

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