DOST-SETUP Success Story "One man's trash is another man's treasure: A story of Lamberto Junk Shop in Zambo del Norte"
- Written by Thelma E. Diego
- Published: 12 March 2015
Lamberto junk shop is owned and managed by Mr. Danilo Josol and Mrs. Grace Josol, both public school teachers. As professional teachers, cleanliness and organization is their second nature, and so it is unusual to see them flourish in the junk shop business where “getting dirty” is the name of the game.
The business started out as small junk shop buyer with an initial investment of three hundred thousand pesos (P300,000.00). The shop then had five employees going around Dipolog City looking for recyclable wastes that can be sold to a bigger junk shop. These scraps are glass, plastics, metals and other items. The couple believes in the saying that “where there is trash, there is cash”
With the enormous demand for recycled plastic, the couple took the challenge of taking their enterprise into a higher level. The firm became the waste plastic guru of Dipolog City, and now expanding its reach to other areas of Zamboanga del Norte, taking in as much as half ton of plastic per day.
Positively, the firm contracted small junk shop buyers in nearby municipalities to buy plastic wastes on their behalf. This scenario has given other junk shop owners to thrive, and in return granted livelihood to the people in the community. Most of the small junk shops do not employ collectors, but instead rely on freelancers who go house-to-house looking for garbages like steel, plastic and glass.
The plastic is crushed manually inside a sack using wooden sticks to compress and save space during transport. As the firm has improved its traditional type of operation, the market trend started to shift into shredded plastic. When segregated and shredded plastic became the norm in transporting them to Cebu, Manila and Cagayan de Oro, the firm was almost lost in transition. Evidently, the firm should have a plastic crusher in order to meet customers’ requirements.