Sack it! Improper solid waste management appears to be a perennial problem in most parts of the Philippines, that despite the existence of national legislations, R.A. 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act and P.D. 856 or the Sanitation Code of the Philippines. This is a cause of concern as improper solid waste management may result in an array of diseases that will add not only add to the physical stresses but also the financial stresses of the families that they affect.
The community recognizes that one of the top 10 problems in the community is improper solid waste management. In fact, based on the survey conducted last 2015, 60.9% of households do not practice waste segregation, 76.7% use burning as the primary means of waste disposal and only 2.33% practice recycling, meaning most of the waste produced in the community are not properly sorted and disposed of, which also means that, more of waste produced in the community are incinerated which also has profound effect in the environment. Hence, the need to institute measures that will help the people of New Barili develop an eco-friendly attitude.
The Team New Barili, in an effort to curb this problem, has implemented several activities which aim in increasing the knowledge of the residents of New Barili in proper waste segregation and recycling. To reinforce the segregation practices, the team handed out 3 labeled sacks per household along with a pamphlet that contains the types and categorization of the common wastes in the community. This should serve as receptacles for residuals, recyclables, and special/hazardous wastes.