Quezon City appliances e-waste
Residents of Barangay West Triangle in Quezon City bring their broken or discarded electrical and electronic equipment, commonly known as e-waste, at a collection event organized by the barangay council to promote awareness on how to protect public health and the environment against harmful chemicals in electronic waste. Credits to EcoWaste Coalition.

Barangay West Triangle in Quezon City is showing how communities can help the environment as it conducted a collection campaign for broken or discarded electrical and electronic equipment that can be sent off for recycling.

The barangay asked residents to bring their TV sets with plastic casings and cathode ray tubes (CRTs), computers, laptops, appliances and assorted e-gadgets such as cellphones and tablets to the barangay hall premises on November 16 and sent off the collected e-waste for proper disposal.

After documenting the items received, the e-waste collected will be sent to the Integrated Recycling Industries. Inc., a government-accredited facility, in Laguna for proper management.

“We have embarked on this timely activity to assist our constituents in managing their e-waste in a way that will not pollute our surroundings and endanger people’s health,” said Elmer Timothy Ligon, Chairperson, Barangay West Triangle.

The Quezon City barangay held the event in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

“This effort, undertaken with assistance from the DENR-EMB and the EcoWaste Coalition, hopes to instill among our residents that we could not simply throw e-waste in the regular trash bin because of the many hazardous chemicals they contain,” Ligon added.

Ka Timmy also said the project is in line with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the Quezon City Environment Code which requires e-waste to be separated from domestic waste or the refuse generated by a household.

Earlier this year, EcoWaste Coalition identified Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City as the pilot area of a new e-waste facility that will support recyclers of electrical or electronic devices discards or e-waste.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas had also conducted an e-waste disposal campaign among its employees.

SEND congratulations to Barangay West Triangle in Quezon City for its initiative to involve the community in the proper disposal of e-waste.

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