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PBSP launches ‘Zero Basura Olympics’ 2012

MANILA, April 25 — The private sector launched Wednesday the “Zero Basura Olympics for Business.”

This means they were encouraging businesses from different industries to apply beneficial practices in their respective waste management initiatives.

The corporate-led Philippine Business for Social Progress, which organized of the ZBO for Business competition with Earth Day Network Philippines Inc., said the ZBO is a bi-yearly event for industrial, commercial or corporate companies that practice innovative solid waste management.

Chito Macapagal, chairman of PBSP’s environmental committee said this year’s theme is “Winning the War on Waste”, which encourages enterprises across different industries to apply the “3Rs” — reduce, reuse, recycle — in their waste management systems.

Macapgal said the theme reflects their optimism for an even bigger staging of the ZBO this year.

He also stressed the importance of the implementation of Republic Act 9003.

“What’s important here is to really get the enforcement of the law and the spirit of the law going,” Macapagal said during the launching of ZBO 2012 in Manila.

The competition aimed to encourage corporate participants so that they could demonstrate the most efficient ecological solid waste management practices in their respective areas of operation, he said.

The ZBO is an advocacy campaign towards a zero-waste Philippines through a creative mechanism of implementing Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

It is a friendly competition among stakeholders in the local business sector to implement waste reduction, segregation at source, composting, recycling and reuse as well as the application of various green technologies.

PBSP and EDNPI organized the ZBO for Business waste management competition in partnership with the Pollution Control Association of the Philippines Inc., the Philippine Business for the Environment, and the Ayala Foundation Inc.

Public sector partners included the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Solid Waste Management Commission, a multi-stakeholder government body created by virtue of RA 9003. (PNA)

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