Grace P. Sapuay
Manufacturing and Waste Management
Solid waste is a global phenomenon. It affects everyone and everything. At the root of this issue is the role that manufacturing industries play in producing solid waste and recovering it. In the manufacturing process, solid waste is already produced either from virgin materials used for manufacturing or from the recyclable materials used during manufacturing.
In the production of goods such as packaging materials, all product packaging materials eventually end up as waste when the consumers have decided that they have no more use for such things and finally dispose them. Some manufacturers especially those of the soft drinks industry used to recover the packaging materials (when they still distribute soft drinks in glass bottles). Other manufacturers try to recover the packaging materials such as soap by means of contests, using the boxes as entry coupons. Most manufacturers, however, do not try to recover their packaging materials. As far as they are concerned, their role ends in the shelves of the stores. Due to the amount of products being manufactured, which is almost tantamount to the materials being discarded, it is no wonder that our world has become so full of trash, but without anyone owning up to responsibility. This paper tries to tackle the role of manufacturers in solid waste production and how they can help in recycling through the proper recovery of their own packaging materials.
Grace Penaflor Sapuay, EnP
Mrs. Grace P. Sapuay holds a Bachelor of Science degree (major in Marine Science) from the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1983. She finished her Master of Science degree in Fisheries major in Fishery Biology at the University of the Philippine in the Visayas in 1987. In 1988 she was granted a Monbusho Scholarship by the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education (Monbusho) and pursued a Master’s Degree in Fisheries specializing in fishery resources from Kagoshima University, Kagoshima City, Japan. Last April, 2013, she graduated with a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning degree and has recently passed the licensure exam in Environmental Planning.
Ms. Sapuay has been working as a freelance consultant in various fields such as environmental management, solid waste management, coastal resources management, coastal planning and other projects requiring her expertise as a fishery and marine biologist, solid waste management specialist, environment specialist and environmental planner.
She is the founder of the Kalipunan ng mga Kabataan para sa Kalikasan (Kalikasan), an organization which helps to raise the awareness of children and youth in various environmental issues affecting the country and the world.
At present, she is the president of the Philippine Association of Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars (PHILAJAMES), the President of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP); a member of the UP Planning and Development Foundation (UP PLANADES) and the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP). She continues to do her work on environmental advocacy.
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