From waste to charcoal in Pasig

Published March 14, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Joviland Rita

More than 8,000 kilograms of waste, consisting of coconut husks and water hyacinths, have been turned into charcoal through the local government’s eco-friendly efforts.

The green charcoal project already reduced 8,197 kilograms of urban waste in the first six months of its operation from July to December, Pasig City Environment and Natural Resource Office records show.

Of the 8,197 kilograms of waste, the project produced almost 300 kilograms of charcoal.

The green charcoal production kicked off on July 2017 with 1, 785 kilograms of waste reduced, producing almost 60 kilograms of charcoals.

This was succeeded by a higher production in August, with 1, 830-kilograms of waste it produced 61 kilograms of charcoals.

The green charcoal briquetting system project uses waste such as coconut and water hyacinths to produce charcoal.  This is an effort of the government of Pasig City to improve the situation of their environment

According to the Anti-Drug Council of Pasig (ADCOP) officer-in-charge Zenaida Concepcion, some of the staff in the charcoal briquetting center came from the Simula ng Pagbabago (SIPAG) program.

In April 2017, the city government inaugurated the Charcoal Briquetting and Water Hyacinth Processing Center in Sitio Ilugin, Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City led by Mayor Bobby Eusebio in celebration of Earth Day.