THERE IS MONEY IN KITCHEN WASTE

MANILA, January, 2004 (STAR) Metro Manilans can increase their incomes by composting their kitchen wastes and using the compost for growing vegetables or ornamental plants.

Depending on the kind of plants to be grown, a square meter plot could give an estimated annual net income of as high as P2,744 from ornamental plants and P266 from the young leaves of "camote" and "alugbati".

Other recyclable wastes such as newspapers and nonbiodegradable materials such as glass and plastic bottles also mean additional income.

These are among the initial results of a research project titled "Trial Implementation of Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) System in the Urban Households of Barangay Vasra, Quezon City.

Funded by the Los Baños-based Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), the study was conducted by Esmeralda Andres and Rhia Galsim of DENR.

The researchers advised that instead of throwing away fruit and vegetable trimmings, entrails or refuse from fish, chicken, pork, beef, and food leftovers, put these kitchen wastes into pots or containers, then cover them with soil. Later, when they have decomposed, used the composted materials to grow plants.

"These very simple steps can spare people of the gross unhealthy rotting garbage in dumpsites, especially for those making a living from the recyclable wastes," they stated, as quoted by PCARRD’s Maria Teresa Agarrado.

Moreover, the practice could help the community save on the cost of dredging for the removal of solid wastes that go into canals and waterways. It could also reduce the cost of transporting the garbage from the source to dumpsites or landfills. – RAF


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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