Ways on how to Manage Wastes
A. Recycling Cellphones
The potential damage to human health and environment of improper disposal ofcellular or mobile phones may be more serious than we think.
Cell phones are potentially hazardous waste because they contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. If thrown in the trash and sent to incinerators or landfills, environmental contamination can occur from combustion and leaching into soil and groundwater.
Sadly, less than 2% of old cell phones are being recycled or properly disposed today. Hence, the public must start to focus on this important issue and prevent a potentially irreversible damage to our health and our planet.
B. “Trash” for Money
SM Malls, in cooperation with DENR and PBE (Philippine Business for the Environment), hold a Waste Market Day at the SM Megamall open parking lot on April 5, 2008 from 8am to 2pm.SM Malls, in cooperation with DENR and PBE (Philippine Business for the Environment), hold a Waste Market Day at the SM Megamall open parking lot on April 5, 2008 from 8am to 2pm.
In a unique reversal of roles, customers of a market that opens only once a month at the SM City Fairview in Quezon City are the ones who stand to make money—and from garbage at that.
At the waste trading market, people can transact business with recycling companies. They can exchange scrap paper or cardboard for bathroom tissue, table napkins, bond paper and notebooks. They can also trade in empty ink and toner cartridges for quality remanufactured ones while plastic bottles and plastic scraps can be exchanged for plastic household items like hangers, basins, pails and stools.
Customers can also trade in their used lead acid batteries or car batteries for coupons which entitle them to a health checkup.
C. Battery Recycling Program
A pioneer in this fine example of responsible corporate citizenship is the company that produces Motolite car battery. In its effort to help in helping the environment, it implemented a program called, Balik-Baterya that hopes to inform the public of the harmful effects of improper battery disposal. It also aims to recover used lead acid batteries (ULABs) for proper recycling and waste management.
The aim of this program is to lessen the harmful effects of the content of the battery. Additional benefits include cheaper price for a new battery and, if one wants cash, he or she can simply sell the used battery to the company for cash. www.motolite.com