Amazing: From discarded plastics in landfill to confortable chairs in the classrooms

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Discarded plastics together with other trash that used to be breeding places of diseases in landfill sites are now converted to school chairs and other paraphernalia. They’re recycled to various useful products in the recycling plant at Envirotech to answer the pressing needs of schools. Recycling prevents pollution besides undue cutting of trees.

Unhealthy situations caused by trash including discarded plastics

This is the scenario in places which lack discipline. Waste plastics litter everywhere in houses, yards, creeks, lakes, rivers, trash bins and dump sites. They came in various forms such as shampoo sachets, junk food wrappers, candy wrappers, sando bags, plastic grocery bags and laminated plastics.

Children after eating candies unconsciously throw wrappers anywhere or deposit them in designated trash bins. Housewives, after shopping, collect lots of plastics and place those considered waste in waste bin. Soiled sando plastics, after marketing fish and marine products, are thrown into the canal, estero or creek.

According to Penn State University, a plastic bag takes 10 to 20 years to decompose, whereas a plastic container takes 50 to 80 years to decompose. So plastic discarded waste takes long period of time before they can do no harm to the environment. Meantime, besides posing as eyesores, during heavy downpour they clog up water ways and cause floods.

Metro Manila, India, Bangladesh, etc are countries which are suffering from flood because of plastic-choked waterways.

When houses are inundated and some carried away by rampaging flood waters, people learn lessons the hard way. So they dispose garbage, especially plastic waste properly. But, sad to say, some don't. They are menace to society; they find breaking health rules more challenging. They reason out: "What's the use of street cleaners?"

Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc.

While others were seemingly satisfied in the way things are, one enterprising businessman, however saw gold especially in plastics. Out of discarded waste plastics. he would mass-produced products like plastic school chairs, plastic school benches, roof tiles, lounging chairs, fences and desks.

He is convinced his plan would help lessen the problem of pollution because plastic materials he would recycle would no longer go to landfill sites. Trees would be spared because wood materials from them would no longer be needed in the finished products that he’ll be manufacturing.

Indeed, Winchester Lemen established Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc. in 2010 in the Municipality of Bunawan, Agusan Sur to realize his dream.

Collecting waste plastic materials as well as in the manufacturing of these materials into various desired products were successfully implemented with Lemen’s Envirotech partnering with barangays, municipalities, cities and nearby provinces.

Households did a commendable job in segregating non-biodegradable from biodegradable wastes before they are sent to the plant in Bunawan for recycling.

Reportedly, these products look exactly like wood. But they’re truly almost 100% plastics, saving trees. Just imagine the number of trees that will be saved. One Envirotech plastic chair equals one 3-year old tree.

The latest count tallies more than one thousand school chairs finished and the number is growing.

Compostela Valley, Sto. Tomas, Kapalong, Panabo, Tagum City, Davao, Agusan Sur and other local government units in Mindanao are now enjoying the fruits of this technology. Through a system of separating plastics from other kinds of trash, the affiliated places supply the needed plastics to the Envirotech Recycling plant.

To show their sincerity in helping the country’s lick waste problem and pollution, Ayala Land Corporation and Caltex Philippines have manifested interest in tying up with Envirotech.

Engr. Lemen dreams of the day when all dump sites have zero wastes by affiliating with Envirotech.

Technology replicated in Las Piñas

The Villar Foundation has inaugurated on Friday, May 24 its newly opened recycling plant in Barangay Ilaya, Las Piñas City. Senator-elect Cynthia Villar decided to put up this felt-need project after learning of the Davao-based Envirotech Recycling Techology.

Senator-elect Villar particularly aims to help declog Metro Manila's esteros and other waterways of discarded plastic materials, which help spread diseases and to provide a means of livelihood to the poor.

“We have a lot of plastic wastes here in Metro Manila. When disposed improperly, they could clog our drainage systems and eventually cause flooding, which in turn spreads diseases,” said Villar.

“In processing the unavoidable plastic wastes into something useful, like school chairs, we are not only cleaning and protecting the environment, but we are also providing livelihood to the poor, to the workers in the factory who are processing the wastes,” Villar said in a statement.

Envirotech President Winchester Lemen said the recycling plant in Las Piñas is the second of its kind in the country. The first is Envirotech’s plant which has been in operation since 2010.

Lemen said a recycling plant would cost P5 million to P8 million to build.

The Villar Foundation and the local community coordinate in collecting and segregating the plastic wastes, which are then shredded, washed, dried, melted and molded in the plant.

The Las Piñas plant can manufacture about a thousand armchairs a month. About 24 kilos of soft plastics, such as those used as food wrappers, are required to make a chair, which are fashioned like wooden pieces and comes with parts that can be replaced.

Mechanical engineer Lemen said Envirotech had also produced benches, desks and other types of furniture from the same raw materials. There's a plan to use the technology in producing building materials for low-cost housing units.

Here’s Mr. Lemen’s e-mail address:

David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance says:

The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration. And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else's backyard.

Link to Wikinut articles on Recycling plastic waste materials here.


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author avatar George C
12th Jun 2013 (#)

This is just awesome

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author avatar n.c.radomes
12th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you johnnydod for your help and to Neolexus for the visit and comment.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
12th Jun 2013 (#)

That's a great article and I was glad to learn about this case in particular. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Jun 2013 (#)

This is just outstanding...thank you n.c....

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author avatar n.c.radomes
12th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Johnny Knox and Delicia Powers for the praises and for dropping by. Am truly delighted.

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author avatar Winchester Lemen
1st Sep 2013 (#)

Hi Mr. Radomes. Thank you for the write up. Keep up the good work. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Rodgessa
1st Nov 2013 (#)

Hi, I would like to ask if you know where Envirotech has relocated? Their plant was in Bunawan, Davao but when I went there this weekend to deliver soft plastics, the guard said they've moved out already. Your help will be much appreciated.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
14th Apr 2014 (#)

JOHNNYDOD, thanks for the star.
JOHNNY KNOX, thanks for the visit and praise.
DELICIA POWERS, thanks for the praise and commentng.
WINCHESTER LEMEN, thanks a lot for your good words about this article. Congratulations for your valuable service about the world of reusing discarded plastic. Laurels!
RODGESSA, Mr. Winchester Lemen above is president of Envirotech. Here's his address. Try to contact him:
Winchester O. Lemen -‎
Winchester O. Lemen. President and CEO. Address: AMS Bldg. F. Torres St. Davao City. 8000. Philippines ... Telephone: +63822276024. Mobile Phone Number .

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author avatar Jose Rodeo Ferolin
13th Feb 2019 (#)

Can you share process flow so we can present in our top mgt

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