Saturday, July 28, 2012

Going Green

Our home is made up of happy people, noise and rubbish. When it comes to happy people, there is no doubt about us, the inhabitants. Noise, yup, it is also us. As for the rubbish, well, we are just sentimental people that we refuse to throw some things. Don't get me wrong but we are not like the families in a "Clean House" show.  We are not exactly hoarders but we love buying things in bulk. We do throw or give out some stuff if we have time. We even visit the junk shop at a regular basis(that is if we fill our recyclable bins with stuff). It has been two years when we decided to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage. Decaying matter becomes my Mom's fertilizer for her plants but most of the time, it just goes to the garbage truck. The effort was worth it because we know that we are doing something for the environment.

Lately, besides doing usual business, I been retrieving my pile of rubbish way back in college. Reviewers, old documents, card boards, art materials and plastics as such are now out. I shredded the important but old papers like bills, bank notes, photocopy of passport etc. Useless paper like crumpled, thin papers that jams the printers, receipts have also made it to the shredder. Printed bond papers without back prints were stacked for home, office and school use while some are saved for donation. White papers have a high commercial value most specially the shredded ones. I separated a bin for colored papers too because they have a different price. 

We were suppose to send or trade the recyclables to our local junk shop guy. However, we saw the Nuvali Recyclables Fair. Nuvali is holding on to its promise of a greener tomorrow. Thus, they organize green events like tree planting, recycling fairs, organic markets, etc. If you want to know more check out:

What I like about the fair is that they also accept things for proper disposal. Unlike the common junk shop here and there, they don't accept things like sando bags, shredded paper or colored papers and many more. The rubbish will just end up in your home or in the garbage truck. 

One of the hardest things to dispose in our home is E-waste. Sometimes the "mangbobote" just won't accept it. Throwing it in the garbage bin will not help because they will not decompose. The better way to get rid of this is to find some one to buy them from you for recycling purposes. You see, there are materials inside a busted CPU or monitor that can be salvaged for the use of other things. Telly wires has metals that can be sold or used to manufacture new ones. There are just somethings in life that we can manage if we try to find means.

It was a rainy day when we attended the fair last July 21, 2012 at the Nuvali Transport Terminal. There wasn't too many people but there are lots of trucks and scrap material lying around the area. I signed my name at the registration form and the attending personnel handed me 2 San Miguel Beer coin banks and a flyer for free delivery of San Miguel Beer 24/7.

We brought E-waste, tin cans, newspapers, shredded paper, card boards, cartons, brown paper bags, plastic bags, pet bottles and other plastic products and automotive parts. Shame on me for losing the receipt. My bad. I can't show the unit price of the wastes per kilo. The electronic waste receipt was the only thing I saved. E-waste per kilogram is 5 pesos and a faulty hard disk costs 15 pesos. All in all we collected we collected 50 pesos for those and for everything else, we collected 186 pesos. The cost of everything is 236 pesos. My mom said it was worth it because the price list here compared with other junk shops is incredibly higher.


Take note that: Sando bags and other useless plastics, colored glass jars, brown paper bags were taken for proper disposal. The ink cartridges has no commercial value and was also taken for disposal. There are types of cartridges that they buy. If you want to know more about the list of recyclable materials click here:

To reward our efforts, my mom and I bought our favorite pandesal at Pan de Manila at Walter Mart Sta. Rosa and shared a cup of hot coffee at home.  

I want a house with less clutter and I also want a bright future for the environment. We do not need to do great things to make a difference. Sometimes even the smallest deeds count.

Make things count every waking moment of your life.