The Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office is encouraging Capitol employees as well as the public to deposit their electronic wastes at the e-waste dropbox at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol lobby.
Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. led the ceremonial dropping of e-wastes during the launching of the campaign on November 7, 2022, at the Capitol lobby. He was joined by Environmental Management Bureau VI Regional Director Atty. Ramar Niel V. Pascua and the provincial government department heads.
Iloilo City District Jail Male Dormitory Warden Senior Superintendent Jairus Anthony Dogelio and ICDJ Female Dormitory Warden Imee S. Lopera also joined the activity.
The e-waste disposal campaign is part of the 1st Provincial Environment Awareness Month Celebration and Climate Change Consciousness Week this November.
The e-waste dropbox will serve as a depository of electronic wastes or trash such as broken, obsolete, unusable, or surplus electronic devices.
Some devices you can dispose of are old cellular phones, cable wires, cameras, webcams, tablets, power banks, microphones, headphones, digital watches, external and flash drives, memory cards, keyboards, mouse, batteries, and computer parts, among others.
PENRO will not accept overly huge e-wastes such as washing machines and big TV or computer monitors, etc.
Senior environmental management specialist Mitzi Peñaflorida said these wastes would be properly disposed to an accredited treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility.
PGENRO said improper disposal of electronic wastes could lead to several health risks such as changes in lung function, DNA damage, impaired thyroid function, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
All electronic wastes are made up of deadly chemicals such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants.
Improper disposal of gadgets and devices increases the chances of these dangerous chemicals contaminating the soil, polluting the air, and leaching into water bodies.