MENRO staff showcasing the step-by-step process of creating an ecobrick.

INFANTA, QUEZON — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)–Quezon through Negosyo Center-Infanta, together with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) paid a visit to the Ecobrick Production Site located at the Sanitary Landfill on June 9, 2023, in Barangay Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon.

The Ecobrick Project is part of the Solid Waste Management Program of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Infanta, implemented through MENRO. Its main objective is to safeguard public health and the environment by promoting a systematic, comprehensive, and eco-friendly approach to waste management. Additionally, this initiative offers an opportunity to earn income through the recycling of non-biodegradable waste materials such as glass bottles, plastic bottles, and plastic packets. Ecobricks have versatile applications and can be used in various settings such as pathways, landscapes, and as decorative and functional pieces in resorts, outdoor amusement areas, schools, and similar environments.

During the visit, Ms. Daisy R. Lamintao, Forest Ranger and the MENRO staff showcased the step-by-step process of creating an ecobrick. After the LGU collected the garbage from the community, the recyclable materials were thoroughly cleaned and ground to a nearly pulverized state. A mixture was then created by combining cement, pulverized glass and plastics, and water, ensuring the right measure and consistency. Molders were prepared and filled with the mixture. After a curing period of five days, the ecobricks were ready to be removed from the molds and made available for sale.

In addition, with the help of Ms. Ella Queen V. Aguelo, Negosyo Center-Infanta Business Counselor, the ecobrick was introduced to the DTI Quezon Provincial Office and has been enrolled in the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Next Gen program. This program, initiated by DTI, offers a range of support to empower Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). It includes initiatives for product development, training, referrals, and other resources aimed at enhancing the design, quality, and volume of their products, among other aspects.

Kalipunan ng Lahing Pilipina (KALIPI) serves as the marketing arm for the Ecobrick Project, taking charge of promoting and selling ecobricks. Interested clients can reach KALIPI through contact numbers: 0907-228-2249 and 0909-150-7600. KALIPI will be happy to assist with any inquiries or orders.

Date of Release: 29 July 2023