Dabawenya finds independence in garbage recycling business
DAVAO CITY – She used to earn a fixed monthly income of P3,000 as a “promo girl” for products like corned beef, toothpaste, soap but she now earns an average of P75,000 a month buying and selling garbage for recycling.
Alma Labis, 37, mother of six, owes her family’s financial independence to the thriving garbage recycling business here.
From a P700 initial capital in June 2005, Labis said Love Best Junk Shop, their “small-time” junk buy and sell outfit in Matina Aplaya, now earns an average of P75,000 which is “enough to send our children to school.”
She sends her children to school with their income, two to college, one in high school, and two are still in elementary. She said she also attends to her youngest, still a baby, while she runs the business.Labis talked to reporters in a press conference introducing a one-day event intended to promote materials recovery as one option for addressing the city’s solid waste problem.
She joined chamber officials and representatives from other business entities Monday in promoting the city’s 7th Recyclable Collection Event to be held at the SM City Car Park on June 30.
The event is a collaboration of government environment institutions, business groups, companies among others.
“Still many could not appreciate that there is money from garbage,” she told MindaNews.
She said aside from being attuned with the city’s solid waste management thrust of segregating wastes, people can actually earn from garbage.
Love Best Junk Shop will be among nine buyers who will put up buying stations during the event.Read full story here.