Balanga City, Bataan—Over 2,000 residents of this city joined the “Refill Revolution” as they trooped to Barangay Dona Francisca covered court here with their recycled plastic bottles and containers for refill of condiments and household products.
The event was part of the Environment Management Bureau Region 3’s campaign to beat plastic pollution.
Prices of product refills such as vinegar, soy sauce, powder and liquid detergents, dishwashing liquid, fabric conditioner, and liquid hand soap were significantly lower than their existing retail prices.
EMB Region 3 Director Lormelyn E. Claudio spearheaded the event with Gov. Abet Garcia, Balanga City Mayor Francis Garcia, and PENRO Bataan Raul Mamac attending that showed their serious support to environmental protection.
“The aim is to promote and bring awareness to the concept of refilling from bulk containers which helps cut back on plastic production, consumption and packaging and translate to less air and water pollution,” Claudio explained.
“Decreasing the amount of waste created by disposable packaging will be a very difficult task, but with the implementation of these different refill processes across Central Luzon, later on replicated in other regions, it may still be possible,” she added.
“If we don’t reverse the trend, by 2050 plastic wastes will be more than the fishes in our seas,” she warned citing study of environment experts.
For his part, Mamac told residents, “This is a very laudable initiative from Director Claudio. Let us all support the project.”
“I promise you Director Claudio, I will help you so that this Refill Revolution can be conducted in all 12 towns of Bataan not just here in Balanga,” he vowed.
Private companies also partnered in the event.