SPOT.ph’s Guide to Recycling in the City

What, why, when, and, most important, WHERE to go in Manila to start living green.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle-the three simple steps we can take to save the Earth. Recycling newbies often neglect that the three come in sequential order of priority: Reduce tells us to cut down on consumption of products or choosing eco-friendly alternatives as substitutes. Reuse is self-explanatory. Recycle means sending your trash over to the recycling plant for processing. SPOT.ph compiled a simplified guide for those who want to chip in and help make the Earth a cleaner and greener place to live in. Here are 10 nifty recycling tips you can do in the city:

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1. Go natural. With the vast amount of processed food in the market, it’s no surprise that many people have a hard time squeezing into their clothes or, on the flip-side, experience malnutrition. We just don’t know what’s in our food anymore. What’s worse is that these products have excess packaging that just go straight to the trash. A good way to curb these problems is to go natural. Weekend markets in Metro Manila are always great places to find fresh produce and organic food that are naturally grown and prepared with almost zero artificial preservatives.

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Salcedo Community Market
Address: Jaime Velasquez Park between Leviste & Tordesillas Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati
Hours: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Legazpi Sunday Market
Address: Corners of Rufino (formerly Herrera) and Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati
Hours: Sundays, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Northeast Greenhills Weekend Market
Address: Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan
Hours: Sundays, 7 a.m. � 12 noon

Lung Center Sunday Market
Address: Lung Center of the Philippines Compound, East Avenue, QC
Hours: Sundays, 6:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Alabang Organic Market
Address: Alabang Town Center Carpark
Hours: Thursdays, 7 a.m. � 12 noon

Narra Saturday Market
Address: Narra Park, Ayala Alabang Village
Hours: Saturdays, 6 a.m. - 12 noon

AANI Weekend Market
Address: Lot 32 Palayan Road, Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) Complex, Taguig
Hours: Saturdays, 6 a.m. - 12 noon

SM Green Bags

2. Be an eco-friendly bagger. Stores and supermarkets such as SM, ï¿½ Shopwise and Healthy Options offer eco-friendly bags to their customers in order to reduce the consumption of plastic bags. Once you buy these eco-friendly totes you can use them repeatedly every time you shop. On top of cutting down plastic waste, you also treat yourself to special premiums that come with the stores’ eco-bag promos.

Rustan’s Fresh is having a Buy 1, Take 1 for the reusable bags this April 22. Shoppers can quadruple their points on their Rustan’s Fresh and Sapphire Cards on top of getting up to 20% discounts on selected fresh, organic products. Purchases of items with the green tag also benefits the La Mesa Dam Reforestation Project.

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3. Think recyclable and reusable. The next time you buy products at the store, take their packaging into consideration. See which containers are recyclable, reusable or both. Recyclable containers are those which can be sent to recycling plants so they can be made into brand new materials. Reusable products, on the other hand, are ones which you can keep and utilize repeatedly such as jars, bags, and plastic containers. Stores like The Body Shop, VMV, and Kiehl’s not only offer skin-care products that are natural and hypoallergenic, they also come in recycled paper bags and environmentally friendly packaging. Messy Bessy, a store which sells non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products, even offers reusable bottles which you can return to get a P10 discount.

4. Reuse your water. Want to trim down your whopping water bills and recycle in the process? Save your bathwater, laundry and dishwashing water and use it to flush the toilet or water plants. And while you’re at it, why not bring your own tumbler? Carrying your own drinking bottle when you go out will decrease the unnecessary consumption of plastic drinking bottles and paper cups. Starbucks is even slashing P40 off ï¿½ your beverage purchases if you bring your own Starbucks tumbler on April 22 and 23.

Rafe bag crocheted from plastic bags by Ann Wizer’s Invisible Sisters
Rafe bag crocheted from plastic bags by Ann Wizer’s Invisible Sisters

5. Turn garbage into art. If you have a knack for arts and crafts why not convert your trash into awesome eye-catching pieces? Manila-based visual artist and environmentalist Ann Wizer runs Invisible Sisters, an organization that trains poor urban women to create art and fashion from trash. She’s even partnered with international accessories designer Rafe Totengco to create Rafe bags out of crocheted plastic bags. Check out their site to see how you can help. But if you’re more of a spectator than an artist, you can always check out some garbage-art exhibits and installations held annually in parts of Metro Manila.

6. Support the green movement. Several non-government organizations and establishments will hold Earth Day events such as rock concerts, film screenings, workshops and forums which you can attend for free. Get to learn more about recycling, composting, and other Earth-saving tips as you take part in the festivities.

7. Get "apped". If you own a new Nokia handset, you can check out the Ovi Store for a slew of Earth Day apps. There are puzzles and quizzes that test your eco-awareness, a personal footprint calculator, and Ovi Maps which can pinpoint you to your nearest recycling plants.

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8. Discard your chargers. Like most small electronics we own, chargers are usually the quickest to get get busted. Instead of throwing them away, you can go to your nearest Ayala Mall (Glorietta, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Bonifacio High Street, and Trinoma) and deposit them in the designated receptacles for recycling.

9. Turn your "Trash to Cash." Usually held on the first weekend of every month, SM Malls open recycling markets where people can bring their trash (aluminum and tin cans, defective electronics, cartons, paper, newspapers, plastic bottles, scrap metal, and ink cartridges) in exchange for money. The rates will vary depending on the material and the total weight. This April 22, "Trash to Cash" will be held simultaneously, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in all SM Supermall parking areas.

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10. Sell! Sell! Sell! Before you throw out the junk that’s been lying around your house, always remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Old electronics, books, clothes, and trinkets can find new homes via your neighbors’. Set-up shop in your garage and gain a little profit in the process. If you’re not too keen on holding a garage sale, why not go to your local thrift shops? Owners of these second-hand stores will be glad to relieve you of your unwanted clutter. SPOT.ph listed down some places you might want to check out here.

It’s also good to know your junk shops. When nobody wants to take your stuff home, it’s probably best to head down to your nearest junk shop where they buy the raw materials and haul them out to recycling centers. Click to the next page to find a shop near you:

CALOOCAN CITY

Alliance Foundry Shop
Bring: Bronze metal
Earn: Per kilo basis, depends on metal
Address: 135 J. Teodoro St., Cor. 10th and 11th Ave., Caloocan City
Tel. No.: 361-1073, 362-0039
Business Hours: Mondays to Fridays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Saturdays (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Asia-Plas Industries Corp.
Bring: Plastic bags
Earn: P5 to P26 per kilo
Address: 12-E 8th Ave. cor. 6th St., Caloocan City
Tel. No.: 363-8832
Business Hours: Every day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


LAS PI?'AS CITY

Traquena Enterprises Bottle and Scrap Dealer
Bring: Metal
Earn: P13.20 per kilo
Address: 358 Real St., Las Piñas City
Tel. No.: 801-8012
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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MAKATI CITY

Arcya Glass Corporation
Bring: Glass
Earn: Per kilo basis, depends on the kind of glass
Address: 22/F Herrera Tower, 98 Herrera St. cor. Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel. No.: 845-0813
Business Hours: Every day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Myrna’s Junk Shop
Bring: Paper, plastic, metal, computer parts, bottles, etc.
Earn: P1.50 per kilo of assorted paper, P5 per kilo of carton, P11 per kilo of white paper, P12 per kilo of plastic, P14 per kilo of metal, P1 per kilo of small softdrink bottles, P1.50 per kilo of large softdrink bottles, P50 per computer monitor, P70 per CPU with complete parts
Address: 2206 Marconi St., Makati City
Tel. No.: 844-0118
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sundays (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)


MANDALUYONG CITY

A. Metal Recycling Corp.
Bring:
Metal
Earn:
Per kilo basis, depends on the kind of metal
Address:
380 Barangka Drive cor. Hinahon St., Mandaluyong City
Tel. No.:
533-4719
Business Hours:
Every day (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

G.P. Junkshop and General Merchandise
Bring: Paper, plastic, metal, etc.
Earn: P1 per kilo of assorted paper, P10 per kilo of white paper, P10 to P14 per kilo of plastic, P14.50 per kilo of metal.
Address: 150 Rev. Aglipay St., Old Zaniga, Mandaluyong City
Tel. No.: 401-0695
Business Hours: Every day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


MANILA

Auro’s Junk Shop
Bring: Paper, metal and plastic
Earn: P2 per kilo of colored paper, P9 per kilo of white paper and P12 to P13 per kilo of metal. Plastics are on a per kilo basis, depends on the kind of plastic.
Address: 843 Domingo Santiago, Sampaloc, Manila
Tel. No.: 714-7523
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Bio Hong Junk Dealer
Bring: Metal
Earn: Depends on the kind of metal
Address: 39-A McArthur Highway, Malate, Manila
Tel. No.: 361-3360
Business Hours: Every day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)

Bio San Junk Shop
Bring: Metal
Earn: P10 per kilo of galvanized iron sheets (yero), P15 per kilo of metal
Address: 3001 Jose Abad Santos Ave., Tondo, Manila
Tel. No.: 253-4174
Business Hours: Every day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

RDC Trading
Bring: Metal
Earn: P15 per kilo
Address: 1606 Zamora St., Paco, Manila
Tel. No.: 563-2465
Business Hours: Every day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


MARIKINA CITY

R.D.F. Junk Shop
Bring: Metal
Earn: P11 per kilo of galvanized iron sheets (yero), P15 per kilo of metal
Address: 30 E. Santos St., Concepcion, Marikina City
Tel. No.: 942-2946
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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MUNTINLUPA CITY

Now Trading Concepts
Bring:
Softdrink bottle caps
Earn:
P20 per kilo
Address:
No. 32 RMT Industrial Complex, Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
Tel. No.:
862-3390
Business Hours:
Every day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


PARANAQUE CITY

Traquena Loreto
Bring: Paper, bottles, plastic, etc.
Earn: P5 per kilo of white paper, 50 cents per kilo of assorted paper, P6 to P14 per kilo of plastic
Address: 2525 B Iba St., Parañaque City
Tel. No.: 823-3135
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Sundays (7 a.m. to 12 p.m.)


PASIG CITY

Hansson Paper Corp.
Bring: All kinds of paper
Earn: P4.50 per kilo of carton, P8 per kilo of newspaper, P19 per kilo of white paper
Address: RFM Compound, Barrio Manggahan, Pasig City
Tel. No.: 646-2160
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Kilus Foundation
Bring: Juice packs
Earn: 20 cents per juice pack
Address: 36 C. Santos, Ugong, Pasig City
Tel. No.: 671-2834
Business Hours: Mondays to Fridays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


QUEZON CITY

Ang Tok Junk Shop
Bring: Metal
Earn: P14 per kilo
Address: 2211 Rizal Ave., Quezon City
Tel. No.: 254-2289
Business Hours: Every day (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Barrientos Junkshop
Bring: Paper, bottles, metal, etc.
Earn: P5 per kilo of carton, P5.50 per kilo of newspaper, P9 per kilo of white paper, P14 per kilo of metal
Address: 60 Scott Ojeda St., Brgy. Obrero, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 373-2333
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Cathay Pacific Steel Corp.
Bring: Steel scrap
Earn: Per kilo basis, depends on the kind of steel
Address: 25 F Galeria Corp. Center, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon City
Tel. No.: 633-8033
Business Hours: Every day (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Paperland Inc.
Bring: All kinds of paper
Earn: Per kilo basis, depends on the kind of paper
Address: Leland Drive, Balintawak, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 361-8531
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Rolando Barrientos
Bring: Paper, metal, bottles
Earn: P9 per kilo of paper and P13 per kilo of metal. Bottles are on a per kilo basis, depends on the kind of bottle.
Address: 1 Scout Santiago, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 373-2333
Business Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


VALENZUELA CITY

New Foundland Plastic Mfg. Corporation
Bring:
Transparent plastic and softdrink bottle caps
Earn:
Per kilo basis, depends on the kind of plastic and cap
Address:
73B Maysan Road, Valenzuela City
Tel. No.:
293-3716
Business Hours:
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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RMCE Junk Dealer
Bring: Metal
Earn: P16.30 per kilo of assorted metal, P16.80 per kilo of solid metal
Address: Lot 6, B F. Santiago St., Parada Subdivision, Valenzuela City
Tel. No.: 294-1031
Business Hours: Every day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


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