ArchivesJanuary 2011E-waste: the new challenge

E-waste: the new challenge

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For over two years now, the organic waste disposal system at Foundation University has been hailed as a model that is being replicated in urban barangays and other local government units in Negros Oriental.{{more}}

The popular Bio-Mechanical Goat, a composting machine whose design was improvised by College of Agriculture Dean Mark Espedilla and replicated by Dean Marlon Tanilon of the School of Industrial Engineering & Technology, is being readied for mass distribution to urban barangays in the 2nd District of Negros Oriental through the Negros Island Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (NISARD) program.

In the 1st District, the local government of Manjuyod, in cooperation with Foundation University and the Foundation University Alumni Association, Inc., embarked on a solid waste management program in August last year using the BMGs, as Negros Oriental’s pilot LGU.

In a workshop held at the FU campus last week, Manjuyod officials raised the concern about the other forms of waste that are not “eaten” by the BMG, such as electronic waste and plastics.

Dr. Aparicio Mequi, as the University’s coordinator for environmental programs, did some research on this subject and discovered some interesting possibilities for linkages in order to come up with a disposal system for plastics and e-waste.

Deans Tanilon and Espedilla have also accepted the challenge of coming up with a system or device that would treat these other forms of waste in order to come up with a comprehensive waste disposal program.

Once these new devices are in place, the Negros Oriental waste disposal program could be the envy of other provinces in the country.

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