The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and multinational company Nestlé Philippines on Friday announced sealing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of a Materials Recovery Facility (MCF) that will process recyclable municipal solid waste produced by various communities.
Apart from the establishment of MRF, the DENR and Nestlé will also educate communities on solid waste management with Caloocan City as the experimental city for the said endeavor.
Kais Marzouki, Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO aired the company’s commitment to help shape a cleaner and healthier environment for Filipino families, through its program “Kasambuhay ng Pamilyang Pilipino.”
“Nestlé Philippines will co-develop modules with experts that are intended to guide local government units (LGUs) in implementing the provisions under RA 9003. Additional learning materials will also be provided to assist LGUs in educating the communities they serve on the importance of solid waste management,” Marzouki added.
For his part, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu relayed that as a country that prides itself in natural resources, it is imperative to prioritize efforts that are centered on caring for our environment, not only for our families, but also for the benefit of generations to come.
“Our partnership with Nestlé Philippines strengthens the government’s resolve to implement programs that address proper solid waste management in order to reduce pollution for a cleaner, safer and healthier Philippines,” Cimatu underscored.
Under the MOA, Nestlé Philippines will sponsor the construction of the MRF in Barangay 164 in Caloocan City, in line with Republic Act. No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which mandates the establishment of the MRF to sort, segregate, compost and recycle wastes at the barangay level.
The DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau in the National Capital Region (EMB-NCR), will then provide technical assistance needed by local government officials in the operation of the MRF.
The MRF, Cimatu noted, will enable barangays to comply with government regulations for the proper disposal of wastes in their locality.
Meanwhile, DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-The explained that conducting educational activities with various stakeholders is a key factor in the overall implementation and success of the program.
“The Philippines generates millions of plastic wastes every year and a significant percentage ends up polluting our bodies of water, including the Tullahan-Tinajeros River System. When not properly managed, plastics break down into methane and ethylene, which are greenhouse gases that greatly contribute to the accelerated rate of climate change. It is, therefore, important that we help educate our communities to ensure that regular segregation of wastes is conducted among households and institutions as well as industrial and commercial establishments located within the barangay,” she stated.
Nestlé Philippines recognizes the impact of post-consumer plastic waste in the environment. Globally, the company has committed to making its packaging, including plastics, 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. Additionally, the company commits to reduce a third of virgin plastic use within the same period.
The company’s initiatives for the country mainly focus on developing the packaging for the future, through packaging and delivery innovation and plastic reduction; helping to shape a waste-free future through increased collection and recycling; and driving new behaviors and understanding through solid waste management education.
“Tackling plastic waste is an urgent priority for us at Nestlé Philippines. We are collaborating with key stakeholders like the DENR that share our vision of a waste-free future for all,” Marzouki said.