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Angeles’ plastic-to-rice swap drive collects 1.7M kilos of plastic

The Walang Plastikan-Plastik Palit Bigas project, launched by Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr., has collected a total of 1,776,209 kilos of plastic from the city’s 33 barangays and redemption booths.

The residents of the 33 barangays who participated in the project exchanged the plastic they collected into an equivalent amount of rice.

Lazatin expressed his gratitude to the residents for their efforts in participating in the project, and explained that the aim of the project was to reinforce waste segregation and reduce the use of plastic, while also offering a small reward for their efforts in the form of rice.

Two trucks are being deployed to the barangays on a schedule, with the supervision of Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel, according to Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office Head Irish Bonus-Llego.

The collected plastics will be sold to cement companies and the earnings will be turned over to the City Treasurer’s Office for collection, according to City Engineer Donato Dizon.

Barangay Balibago had the highest number of plastic-to-rice exchange, with 123,592 kilos, followed by Anunas with 115,671 kilos, Cutud with 97,334 kilos, Cutcut with 75,602 kilos, and Pulung Maragul with 73,568 kilos.

In addition to these barangays, the redemption booth in the city hall also collected 473,732 kilos of plastic.