Manila parishes willing to host e-waste collection

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MANILA, Feb. 14, 2014— Parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila are willing to help in collecting electronic wastes to protect the environment.

Lou Arsenio of the Manila archdiocesan Ministry on Ecology, however, said that the government must provide “efficient treatment facilities” in every barangay.

She said that having a “material recovery facilities” (MRF) alone is not enough to ensure the safety discard of e-wastes.

“The parishes are ready in collecting e-wastes. The question is do they have an efficient treatment facility because these are toxic,” Arsenio told church-run Radio Veritas.

“These e-wastes cannot just be brought to MRF because these are special wastes or toxic wastes,” she said.

According to her, the Department of Energy committed to set up their facilities that would recover the mercury and collect busted compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) but this remains to be seen.

“They replace the busted CFLs for free but the mercury are still there,” said Arsenio.

Meanwhile, environmental group Ban Toxics has strengthened their information dissemination campaign and promotion of waste management and toxics use reduction.

The group is also continuing its “Toxic-Free School Program” to train teachers, students and even their parents on how to properly dispose e-wastes. (CBCPNews)

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