The rainy days are coming. Sooner or later, we would once again complain about the flood brought about by the heavy rains. Together with this would be the reoccurrence of trash long trapped in the sewers. While it’s easy to point accusing fingers to the government for not solving this perennial problem, the truth is, no matter who sits in the administration, if the citizens won’t take part in this environmental problem, we are doomed to face its consequences over and over again. The solution to this has always been our collective and individual responsibility to preserve the world in which we live in.
To encourage more people to respond to this call, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources set up a “Palit Basura” booth at the Ecotech Center in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City. It will serve as an exchange center for those who can bring their segregated plastic trash and have them swapped with cash and DENR collaterals like reusable water bottles and metal straws. Through this exchange, they hope to inspire more people to use green alternatives instead of single-use plastics.
The concept of “Palit Basura” has been launched in several schools, communities, municipalities, and cities around the country. While programs vary, the main goal still focuses on the preservation and conservation of our environment.
Support this cause by segregating your biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes at home. Bring your plastic bottles, tin cans, cartons, paper, and electronic wastes to DENR’s “Palit Basura” booth at Ecotech. Let’s all work together to make this world a better place to live in.