RECYCLING. Students and teachers of Luzong National High School in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte wash collected campaign materials to be converted as eco-bricks on Wednesday (May 11, 2022). The Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office also announced they are accepting used tarpaulins for eco-bags making. (Contributed photo)

LAOAG CITY – Days after the 2022 national and local elections, student volunteers of Luzong National High School (LNHS) in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte took the time to remove posters of the candidates on Wednesday.

LNHS teacher Thelma Ruiz Sacsac said in an interview Wednesday that the collected plastic materials will be shredded and converted into eco-bricks while the tarpaulin posters will be recycled into eco-bags.

“This is part of their subject on physical education and health program where learning continues anytime and anywhere,” Sacsac said after leading the activity that started along the national highway at 6 a.m.

After collecting hundreds of posters along the way, they proceeded to the river to wash the plastic materials. While waiting for the materials to dry up, Sacsac said the students also enjoyed swimming in the river.

The Pagudpud school is among the green advocacy schools in the province that supports the government’s implementation of solid wastes management program.

“Our waste recycling project is in cooperation with the Salaknib program of the school headed by Dr. Gladys Acoba and our Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) led by Mr. Peps Morata,” she said. The school is promoting the use of eco-bricks that have become a source of livelihood for some of the locals, including the students.

Sacsac said that one eco-tile brick is produced for every 50 to 100 pieces of plastic, which is about five to six times stronger than a regular brick made of sand and cement.

These eco-tile bricks measuring 15x15 inches are then sold at PHP80 to PHP100 each to gardeners and resort owners in Pagudpud town to beautify their landscape.

MENRO's Morata also announced Wednesday that they are still accepting used tarpaulins for eco-bag making. He, likewise, thank the students of LNHS for their cooperation in removing the campaign posters. (PNA)