After reformatting the early drives on waste management that failed previously, the systematic segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste has prevailed finally in recent months.
Tons of biodegradable garbage collected daily from 23 of 37 villages with all organic waste are converted into organic fertilizers for Santiago City’s 7,700-hectare rice lands.
The organic fertilizers derived from the waste-recycling system are channeled through the city agriculture office and distributed to either schools or farmer-beneficiaries. Since the launching of the quick-turnaround rice-planting program in the city, participating farmers are given subsidized organic fertilizers by the city government.
With the substantial volume of non-biodegradable waste collected daily, the city environment office has trained a group of mostly women to engage in the creative production of recycled products that range from baskets and bags to home décors utilizing used straws, plastic water bottles, and old newspapers and magazines to come up with attractive and impressive products.
The handicraft derived from non-biodegradable thrash produced from all the material-recovery facilities in the villages are collected and marketed by the city environment office in its showroom at the City Hall compound in Barangay San Andres.