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Going Green: How to Recycle Solid Waste

Tagaytay Highlands has long been regarded as the go-to place for premier mountain resort luxury living. Its homes for sale are the most in demand in the area – and for good reason. Not only is it situated on one of the most picturesque spots in the country, but it is also home to a wide array of both indoor and outdoor amenities that are sure to please.

Another reason why it’s so sought after is its environment; the cool and refreshing atmosphere is supplemented by its pristinely clean and natural surroundings. The complex is built with sustainability in mind, and is always active in its efforts when it comes to continual ecological efforts like the holding of the annual tree planting program, and an ongoing livelihood program where 5,000 square meters of land was lent to farmers – free of charge – to cultivate agricultural goods in.

Residents can also contribute to Highlands’ efforts by recycling and minimizing waste. Find out how to utilize different materials here:

Paper Waste

Paper waste in the Philippines is the second most produced solid waste, right behind kitchen waste. Lessen it by drying then bundling papers of the same kind for easier processing. Remove any other possible debris as well – staples, pins, stickers, plastic wrap, and rubber bands are not allowed.

Newspapers should be separated from other forms of paper, as it will always go back to newsprint recycling. A small, 4 foot stack can save an entire 40 foot fir tree.

Miscellaneous paper material such as magazines, flyers, paper packaging, and the like can be saved together. Used paper – written or printed on – can also go into this pile.

By recycling paper, you will be saving energy, water, trees, and landfill space. In addition, recycled fiber is a very sustainable and cost-effective method for making new paper goods.

Plastic Waste

Plastic waste is much harder to dispose of than paper due to its naturally non-biodegradable chemical make-up. This makes it all the more important that it be recycled into new plastic instead of being left to waste away for hundreds of years in a landfill, releasing toxic chemicals into the ground. However, take note that plastics have classifications, so make sure to bundle only ones from the same class; one can tell by looking the numbers imprinted on them.

Here’s quick guide to all its different numerical labels:

#1 PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Consumer products use this type of plastic the most. It is often found in water bottles, softdrink bottles, and single-use packaging.

#2 HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)

This type of plastic is usually used for heavier packaging such as bottles for products like detergents, oils, and milk. It is also used to make toys and some types of heavy-duty plastic bags.

#3 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

Strong against sunlight and weather, PVC is used to make soft, flexible items such as food wrappings, cooking oil bottles, children’s toys, and the like. It is also used for making window frames, arbors, or trellises.

#4 LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)

This type of plastic is used for moderately tough jobs such as in shrink wraps, garbage bags, squeezable bottles, and sliced bread.

 

#5 PP (Polypropylene)

Tough but lightweight, this type of plastic is most often noted for its heat-resistant quality. It is also used for its efficient defense against grease or chemicals, which is why it is turned into things like plastic bottle tops, condiment containers, chip bags, and packing tapes.

#6 PS (Polystyrene)

General styrofoam material.

#7 Other (PBA, Polycarbonate, and LEXAN)

This category has no specific standard, although it is also a catch all term for Polycarbonates. Products from this material are usually sippy cups, water bottles, and car parts.

Glass Waste

Get rid of any broken glass immediately as it poses a safety risk for people nearby. Stepping on the debris or coming into moderately forceful contact with it is likely to lead to it getting embedded into the skin. As a safety precaution, make sure to wear gloves whenever handling it.

Segregate your bottles by color. On the other hand, glass material from products such as lightbulbs, pyrex, and mirrors should be stored separately as they have a different composition from their bottle counterparts.

Metal Waste

Food cans should be cleaned and dried before being stored for recycling. They may be flattened for easier handling, though this is not a requirement.

Aluminum cans are valuable and are better off left un-flattened. As with food cans, they must be thoroughly cleaned before being passed on for recycling.

Paint and aerosol cans are recyclable as well. Ensure that they are in a separate pile; these are categorized as hazardous waste and are better off away in order to prevent contamination. Do not remove their labels as recyclers will have to know its previous contents in order to be able to process it properly.

Copper is the most recyclable metal as all of it can be reused. The same goes for bronze and brass. Keep them separate, dry, and neatly bundled.

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