Among elementary schools, Cubao Elementary School topped the list, earning PhP 194,870.60 for 32,709.25 kilograms of recyclables. Susano Elementary School came in next with more than PhP 72,000 for 9,759.30 kgs; followed by P. Tuason Elementary School with Php 54,209.80 with 9,139 kgs. of recyclables.
P. Bernardo Elementary School got PhP 53,052 after recovering more than 8,000 kgs of recyclables while Lagro Elementary School received PhP 27,466.55 for 5,965 kgs of recyclables recovered.
For elementary schools, the total volume of recyclables collected reached 117,202 kilograms, which was worth Php 657,582.14.
Bagong Silangan High School led other high schools, earning PhP 194,870.60 for 32,709.25 kilograms of recyclables recovered. Next is Novaliches High School, which earned PhP 47,930.95 for 9,042.80 kgs of recyclables recovered; followed by North Fairview High School, earned 44,135.45 for 7,523.40 kgs of recyclables.
Camp Gen. Aguinaldo High School got PhP 27,426.15 for 5,741 kgs of recyclables while Quezon City High School received PhP 27,630 in exchange for recovering 4,362 kgs of recyclables.
The total volume of recyclables collected in city high schools reached more than 176 kilograms, worth about PhP 1,013,222.
Paper comprised the biggest volume of recyclables collected in the schools, followed by plastic, then metal and glass.
Trading recyclables for cash was initiated by the EPWMD in 2008 under the Batang QC Eco-Savers Club. The project aims to promote the practice of waste segregation and recycling in public elementary and high schools.
Recently, the EPWMD expanded the project to include school backyard composting and value-added gardening methods in schools to be managed by the students themselves. In February and March last year, the department conducted orientation on composting technologies to focal persons in public high schools in coordination with Prof. Armando Basug, a faculty of the UP Integrated School and TESDA trainer in Horticulture.
The department also assisted QC public schools in managing their Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs).