After the elections and now that winning candidates are being proclaimed, it is now time for those responsible to start cleaning up their campaign materials. This is also a good opportunity for individuals to create value around products that would otherwise end up in sanitary landfills or illegal dumpsites. With the recently concluded campaign season, the volume of waste, with an addition from the campaign materials, will considerably increase. However, the sizes and capacities of sanitary landfills (SLFs) remain the same. We hope these wastes do not end up in bodies of water and farther to the seas.
The DENR CALABARZON supports the call of DILG to candidates, to lead the cleanup drives to rid of the materials used during the campaign season. These include various materials which is a combination of plastics such as tarpaulins, and papers such as sample ballots, flyers and leaflets, which all end up as trash in the areas where they are posted.
A local social entrepreneur in Laguna, Junk Not Eco Creatives contribute a solution by upcycling materials and creating livelihood for communities. Junk Not owner Willie Garcia said that the enterprise will only accept campaign materials from those who will be buying back the furniture/ home accent from them. This kind of “buy-back” model will make future waste producers think twice. This social enterprise, which is based in Laguna, turns campaign materials into upcycled objects such as chairs, bags, and others to be donated in different schools.
More information about upcycling by Junk Not may be viewed from their official facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/junknot/posts/1867438330024922 .