The barangay council of Caticlan in Malay, Aklan launched a green initiative dubbed “Basura Mo, Palitan ko ng Bigas”.
The laudable project kicked off this July to allow the residents to engage against the impact of plastic pollution to environment.
Here’s the catch. Residents in the barangay are encouraged to bring the garbage from their households in exchange for a kilo of rice.
Village chief Ralf Tolosa said those who wanted to trade their shredded plastics are urged to bring them in Caticlan Multi-purpose Hall from Monday to Saturday. The barter area is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and accepts only clean plastic bottles suitable to be recycled.
Aside from shredded plastics, a kilo of plastic bottles will get a resident of Caticlan a kilo of rice. Every household in Caticlan could swap their plastics to a maximum of five kilos of rice in a month.
Tolosa, also the president of Liga ng mga Barangay, said they initiated the pro-environment campaign to help get rid of garbage in the streets and households as well as to raise awareness about environment and conservation.
Tons of plastics are produced in Malay, Aklan especially in Boracay Island. Much of the garbage is deposited in Kabulihan sanitary landfill in mainland Malay while the rest becomes litter.
Caticlan is the main jump off to Boracay Island. Boracay airport and Caticlan port, two of the busiest transportation hubs in the province of Aklan, are located in Caticlan.
By BOY RYAN B. ZABAL