Issue of November 12, 2017
Mt. Province

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UB implements plastic–free Fridays as waste mgmt project
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The University of Baguio is empowering the youth by allowing them to be at the forefront of environmental causes.

Last Friday, UB’s Supreme Student Council (SSC) launched “UB Real: Bawal ang plastik” program, a waste reduction project that aims to ban the use of plastic containers and polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) in the entire university.

The pilot area for the ban is UB’s cafeteria where bulk of plastics and other non-biodegradable packaging materials are used.

The ban is anchored on the recently passed Plastic-free and Styro-Free Baguio Ordinance of Baguio, which is set to take full effect in March 2018.

SSC prime minister Joshua Bantic said the plastic free initiative shall be done every Friday but they are hoping that after this semester, the ban will be on a daily basis.

He said the project is UB’s way not only to lessen the amount of garbage produced, but also help the city government reduce the amount it is spending in hauling out garbage in a landfill in Tarlac.

The SSC tapped Mr. and Ms. UB Fred Florenz Abastillas and Kali Yantrel Martin as ambassadors of the project.

Bantic said memos were circulated in all offices and concessionaires in the cafeteria to inform them about the plastic-free initiative. He said everyone are receptive of the idea and are looking forward at how each one of them could help reduce waste.

Data released by Zero Waste Baguio shows that one person in Baguio produces an average of .04 kgs. Waste per day or 141.12 kgs. per person, per year.

In UB, its Campus Planning and Environmental Office (CPDO) has yet to quantify how many kilos of garbage it is producing daily, but according to the university’s pollution control officers, around 25 size XXL garbage bags are filled and disposed daily.

With the program’s launching, the CPDO would begin weighing garbage produced to monitor how the school is progressing in terms of reducing plastic usage.

The “UB Real: Bawal ang plastik” program is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the Student Affairs, CPDO, Security Office, and Naktaynay Inc.

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