ABOITIZ COAL PLANT: Ash waste to be converted to bricks

THE FLY ash from the coal plant of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., will be used as raw material to produce environment-friendly bricks.

The bricks, which would be produced by members of United Kaibigan Multipurpose Cooperative (UKMC), a group composed of employees of Aboitiz, are targeted to be sold early next year.

“Though our fly ash is not a hazardous waste, we want to make this useful especially for the community,” said Valentin S. Saludes III, vice president and plant manager of TSI.

The fly ash is sourced from the 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant of TSI in between Barangay Binugao, Toril District in Davao City and Barangay Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. It would be among the raw materials to make bricks and other construction products in a facility within the compound of the plant.

The company also targeted to hire those residing in the two barangays to work in brick production. This project is funded through an initial investment of about P800,000 by Income Credit Cooperative, also a group composed of workers of Aboitiz companies.

The project is targeted to initially produce 600 pieces of bricks a day. Each eco-brick would cost P18-P25.

The Therma South adopted the technology of eco-brick maker Green Antz Builders Inc., a company based in Bulacan. Both firms formalized its partnership during the signing of memorandum of agreement at Therma South’s office in Toril last Friday.

Green Antz Builders Inc. president Rommel B. Benig said the fly ash will be mixed with shredded plastic sachets as way to help decrease the volume of wastes and preserve the environment.

“It is our core philosophy to treat waste as a resource,” Benig said.

Benig said the plastic sachets in each brick would serve as insulator that would block heat from passing through. A brick, he said, contains 100 empty sachets. “We also encourage communities to provide us their clean and dry plastic sachets. For every a kilo of plastic wastes, we give one brick. This is also to promote segregation at source,” Benig said.

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