A mining company-led tree planting activity helps collect 350 kgs of waste
A tree planting activity organized by Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) has helped collect 350 kilograms of waste while planting more than a thousand trees in Carrascal, Surigao del Sur.
Spearheaded by MMDC’s Mine Environmental Protection and Enhancement Department (MEPED), the tree planting and coastal cleanup helped plant a total of 1,189 seedlings during the Phililppine Arbor Day last month.
Of the 1,189 seedlings planted, 263 were narra seedlings and 926 were malatambis.
The coastal cleanup, meanwhile, collected some 15 bags or 350 kilograms of plastics bags, ropes, torn-out clothes, straws, plastic and glass bottles.
Katrina Plaza, MMDC waste management specialist, underscored the importance of cleaning up coastal areas to prevent the accumulation of harmful plastics that could destroy marine life.
“The 350 kilos of wastes that we collected may not be enough, but it’s satisfying to know that still, it’s 350 kilos less of harmful materials that can potentially kill marine species,” Plaza said, adding that she hopes to see the participation of more civic organizations in next year’s Arbor Day observance.