Filipinos turn volcano’s ash, plastic trash into bricks

Dawn | Jan 19, 2020 at 7:01 AM
  • Ash spewed by a Philippine volcano is being mixed with plastic waste to make bricks in an inventive response to the country’s persistent problems of pollution and frequent natural disasters.
  • Environment officials did not just clean up the mess but decided to combine the ash with sand, cement and discarded plastic to form about 5,000 bricks per day for local building projects.
  • It is also plagued by some 20 major storms annually and regular, powerful earthquakes which together kill hundreds of people each year.