Laguna youth council to give free school supplies in exchange for plastic bottles

A youth council in Laguna will soon start incentivizing people who will help them recycle plastic.

Starting Wednesday, May 22, The Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) of Barangay (Village) Banilad in Nagcarlan, Laguna will give out free school supplies to village residents who give them plastic bottles.

Thy announced on Facebook yesterday that they have set up the Palit Plastic Bottle Sari-sari Store (Plastic Bottle Exchange Corner Store) at the Banilad covered basketball court, where residents can surrender 1.5-liter and 1.75-liter plastic bottles and redeem school supplies just in time for the start of classes in June.

Four plastic bottles can be exchanged for a box of eight crayons, two plastic bottles can be exchanged for a notebook or a pencil, and one plastic bottle can be exchanged for a sharpener.

The youth council also said that they are accepting donations for school supplies.

Small plastic bottles will also be accepted, Banilad village Youth Council President Laurence Sombilla told Coconuts Manila. They are equivalent to one eraser.

He said they want to educate the youth on recycling trash like plastic bottles.

“[We want] the environmental youth army to realize that their small actions have [a] big impact in saving our environment,” he said.

Serafin Sombilla, Laurence’s cousin and the youth council’s secretary, told Coconuts Manila that all the bottles that will be collected will be recycled and turned into trash bins, vertical gardens, and chairs.

The youth council’s Facebook post had 7,400 reactions and 15,000 shares as of this article’s posting. Many netizens think it’s a great idea.

Jasmine Llantero said: “That’s the youth council we need!! Creative young minds with the ability of helping (sic) others and the environment! Go guys!!”

Photo: Sangguniang Kabataan ng Barangay Banilad, Nagcarlan Laguna/FB

Liz Romulo Singson Relox said it was the best project ever. “I hope all youth councils will think like this. So a lot of people will benefit from it.”

Photo: Sangguniang Kabataan ng Barangay Banilad, Nagcarlan Laguna/FB

Ezekiel Carter Boloñias Rcrim, who introduced himself as part of a youth council in Tondo, Manila, said he would like to do the same for Tondo residents.

Photo: Sangguniang Kabataan ng Barangay Banilad, Nagcarlan Laguna/FB

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