The Plastic Recycling and Materials Recovery Facility, a project by the Department of Environment
and Natural ResourcesEnvironmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and the Ilocos Norte provincial government in Marcos, Ilocos Norte, begin its operations soon. It is part of Ilocos Norte’s
commitment to promoting sustainable measures for the protection of the environment, the provincial government said, citing plastic waste as a global environmental crisis that it recognizes as an urgent issue.

Ilocos Norte tapped the support of DENR-EMB to invest in the development of a state-of-the-art facility that utilizes advanced technology to revolutionize plastic recycling, Gov. Matthew Marcos
Monotoc said, as he noted that the P25.5M facilities with plastic washer and dryer, a shredding machine with conveyor, a pulverizing machine, an extruder for the manufacture of chairs, tables,
and flowerpots, as well as a plastic melting factory set.

The facility, Manotoc, explained “the province’s commitment to combating plastic waste and advancing the circular economy by serving as the processing site for the biodegradable and residual wastes generated from some of the towns in Ilocos Norte and turning them into usable products.”
The protection of the environment and the sustainability of Ilocos Norte is one of the priority areas of the provincial government, and this Plastic Recycling and Recovery Facility signifies an important step forward in its mission to build a more sustainable future.

By transforming plastic waste into valuable resources, the provincial government aims to minimize environmental harm and protect natural resources. In 2019, Manotoc launched a province-wide environmental awareness campaign titled “Narimat a Aglawlaw” which supports the Republic Act 9003, also known as -the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. The governor also
authored the Provincial Ordinance No. 2019-05-074 titled “Anti-Plastic Ordinance” seeking to reduce, if not totally eradicate certain uses of plastics and provide penalties, and Ordinance No. 2018-07-051 otherwise known as the “AntiLittering Ordinance” which intensifies the campaign on
proper waste disposal to prevent ecological and environmental degradation, instill discipline, social
responsibility, and awareness for the environment.

Manotoc vows to remain steadfast in promoting environmental conservation measures and ecological sustainability through increased investments in the renewable energy sector, and the implementation of environmental legislations, projects, and programs.

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