Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar said members of the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) launched a project called upcycling, a process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless or unwanted products into new materials that could serve another purpose.
Aguilar said the collected tarpaulins around the city are used as raw materials by members of CENRO in producing eco-bags.
She also said the CENRO’s initiative is also done to discourage the use of plastic bags in line with City Ordinance No. 1036-11 (An ordinance banning the use and disruption of thin film, single use, carry out plastic bags and polysterene foam by commercial establishment in the city).
The mayor said the ordinance aims to reduce the volume of solid wastes around the city.
According to Aguilar, the CENRO has already distributed a total of 500 eco-bags to three public markets in the city since Dec. 23 last year.
Aguilar said a total of 200 eco-bags were distributed at the New Las Piñas Public Market in Barangay Zapote on Dec. 23; 150 on Jan. 7 at the Suki Market Moonwalk and 150 at Candido Ramos (Annex Market) in Barangay Talon Uno.
She said the CENRO team will also visit the other public markets in the city to continue the distribution of eco-bags.