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IE Locators Start Joint Recycling Venture
Daily Inquirer, 5/2/2000
located at the Lima Technology Center, an industrial estate in Malvar-Lipa,
Batangas, have formed a by-product exchange program to recycle used
oil and packaging materials such as paper, plastics, cartons for re-use.
by-product exchange program prompted the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to include
the locators of Lima Technology in an environmental pioneering project
called the Private Sector Participation in Managing the Environment
the model exchange program at Lima Technology, the locators have designed
work processes that would minimize wastes and facilities for handling,
storage and recycling of wastes into new value-added products. For instance,
the styrofoam packaging materials used for Epson Precision Philippines,
Inc's raw materials are crushed into fiberglass-type blocks. These blocks
are re-exported for use abroad as materials in the manufacturing pf
plastic products such as toys.
plant, which employs some 3,000 Filipino workers to manufacture about
500,000 printers a month for export, invested in modern machinery to
process the used styrofoam.
company also recycles used ink into toilet deodorizers and converts
paper used for testing the printers into stationeries and envelopes.
the PRIME project of UNDP and DTI, a group was formed to analyze the
opportunities arising from recycling and the technology that can be
used in recycling.
group plans to create an intra-estate and inter-estate matching process
where resident companies are matched with customer-industries that could
use the recycled products as raw materials.
effort also involves the orientation and training of workers on waste
minimization; provision for separation of by-product materials to maintain
reuse value; accrediataion; provision of incentives for haulers; and
environmental awareness among industries.