- Biñan City has turned
ashes from Taal Volca no erup tion into bricks
- The local government is interested to use them in building a children’s facility and donate it to vic
tims of the Taal Volca no erup tion
- Mayor Arman Dimaguila has instructed households to collect the
ashes and give it to MRF
The city of Biñan, Laguna has a great initiative of turning
ashfall into durable bricks.
The Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) of Biñan, Laguna has turned the
ashes spewed by Taal Volc ano to produce bricks that can be used to make houses and other structures. According to MRF, each brick is composed of 4/% ash fall, 30% recycled garbage, 20% sand and 10% cement. On Biñan City’s Information Office’s official Facebook page, they shared photos of their makeshift factory making bricks fresh out of their brick-making machine.
Mayor Arman Dimaguila also shared their enthusiasm with the initiative that could greatly help their city’s construction projects. He wrote, “
Ashf all to bricks!! Kaya kailangan nating isako ang mga ito at hindi makabara sa ating mga canal.”
According to Fatima Nona Alon, a local government officer in Biñan, it was Mayor Dimaguila who instructed households to not throw or wet the
ashes but collect them instead.
The eco-bricks were part of Mayor Dimaguila’s “Bayanihan sa Biñan” campaign, which is a community- oriented project involving all barangays. Making eco-bricks isn’t new to Biñan, as the city has been making them since 2016 using discarded plastics.
Biñan’s MRF can produce 5,000 bricks a day. Alon admitted there have been companies seeking to buy their eco-bricks but for now, the local government is more interested is using them in building a children’s facility in Biñan.
The local government is also going to donate the eco-bricks to those who lost their homes during the Taal Volca
no erup tion.