Lapid files bill seeking to create recycling, donation program for e-waste

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) - A Senate bill was filed which seeks to create a recycling and donation program for electronic wastes (e-waste).

Under Senate Bill 1846 or the “Electronics Donation and Recycling Act” by Senator Lito Lapid, all electronic gadgets retailers and manufacturers are required to establish a donation and recycling booths in their establishments.

E-wastes refer to electronic gadgets that can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.

Lapid cited a study conducted by the University of the Philippines stating that the number of discarded phones will hit over 24.9 million by 2021.

“Users then frequently discard or dispose of their old gadgets for brand-new units, which in turn, contributes to the escalating electronic waste problem in our country,” read the bill.

Aside from protecting the environment, Lapid said that secondhand gadgets will benefit students who cannot afford to buy a new one for online learning. Reports showed that more than 640,000 public students in Metro Manila do not have gadgets.

“This bill will serve two noble purposes at the same time- protecting the environment by controlling the unnecessary wastage of electronic devices and at the same time, bridging the digital divide that had hampered our poor students from participating fully in a modern educational system,” it read.

Under the proposed measure, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Information and Communications Technology will oversee the sorting, recycling, and repairs on the collected e-wastes.

Furthermore, the collected gadgets for donation will be distributed by the Department of Education to students who are in need.

Meanwhile, the collected gadgets for recycling will be turned over to recycling facilities accredited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.