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Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation will build biggest waste recycling plant in the Philippines.
Sumitomo Director Kenzo Harada told Japan Today that the plant will be the biggest outside Japan and Asia, and will be the first in the Philippines.
Harada said the company has leased 62 hectares of land between Santa Rosa, Laguna, and the town of Silang Cavite.
The move is seen to ease Metro Manila’s garbage and waste problem in the next three years.
Harada said the plant is expected to recycle and segregate 120 tons of mixed garbage every day and turn into reusable materials like steel, plastics, copper, paper, and other materials, while biodegradable materials will be land-filled.
According to Philippine Daily Inquirer, Metro Manila produces 4th of the country’s total waste.
The plant is expected to cater not only Metro manila, but also neighboring provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog.
Harada said the company is also expected to employ more than 6,000 direct employees, and more than 10,000 indirect workers.
The $2.3 billion plant is also expected to produce 2,600 cubic meters of bio-gas everyday according to Harada.
Sumitomo is one of the world’s largest companies headquartered in Japan. /Nikki Maliksi/
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