(SPOT.ph) Before the pandemic even started, there was already eight million metric tons of plastic waste entering the oceans each year. It's inevitably gotten worse: Face shields and single-use face masks pile up in dump sites, plastic food containers are the norm with all the takeaways and deliveries, and plastic packaging is just everywhere as more people have turned to online shopping for their essentials. If you want to save Mother Earth one piece of bubble wrap at a time, there are various organizations that can recycle trash.
Are you decluttering? Here are 10 places for plastic waste recycling:
Green Antz Builders
Green Antz Builders, an eco-conscious construction company based in Plaridel, Bulacan, makes actual bricks from shredded plastic and wet cement. Each brick uses around 100 single-use plastic sachets and is reported to be five times stronger than regular hollow blocks. Plus, it costs less on a per-square meter basis. They provide building materials for the construction of low-cost homes, schools, and daycare centers in Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Cebu. They also provided eco bricks for walkways in front of Net Park Building in Bonifacio Global City. Their drop-off schedule varies per month so make sure to check their page for updates.
- Bonifacio High Street (between Timezone and Hobbes & Landes)
- Ayala Malls Feliz (near Metro Supermarket)
- Salcedo Market
- Ayala Malls Solenad
Trash Panda, which launched on Google Play on March 18, 2021, is a mobile app that lets you book trash pickup right from your home. They accept plastic, paper, cardboard, metals, and beverage cartons; then, you can track through the app where your recyclables are going. (Hint: Not to landfills and dumpsites.) Trash Panda also has a browser-friendly app, which iPhone users can use while waiting for the Apple Store release. Collection fee starts at P150, which mostly goes to transport expenses. It has an in-app cashback system, where you earn from the sales of our items to recyclers.
Trash Cash PH
As you can tell from the mobile app's name, TrashCash lets you earn cash with trash. It was initially created by Filipino software developer Benjoe Vidal in late 2019 for a start-up competition, but was only launched on Google Play in February. To use the app, all you have to do is scan the trash using your phone's camera, then wait for it to display the value (in pesos) and category. Once the waste is identified, you can segregate the garbage and bring it to the nearest drop-off locations of TrashCash's partner organizations and barangays. You can also use your TrashCash points to redeem discounts from partner brands like ShowerHut eco-friendly bath bars.
Drop-off point: Barangay 69 Hall (District 1, Tondo, Manila)
The Plastic Flamingo
The Plastic Flamingo (also known as The Plaf) is a French social enterprise based in the Philippines. They're on a mission to collect and recycle plastic waste into sustainable products, particularly to fight marine pollution. They accept all types of plastics, like water bottles, plastic trays, microwavable containers, ice-cream tubs, and chips packaging, as long as they're cleaned from any residual waste, and are washed, and dried. You can have your waste delivered to their doorstep at the main warehouse in Putatan, Muntinlupa, or bring your cleaned plastic waste to their drop-off points.
- The Plaf Warehouse (Putatan, Muntlnlupa City)
- Decathlon branches in Pasig, Alabang, and Masinag
- Ayala UP Town Center (Concierge Booth Phase 1)
- Aksyon ng Kabataan Organization (Parang, Marikina City)
- Kalikhasan Eco-Friendly Solutions (Merville, Parañaque City)
- Delichoice Inc. (Cainta, Rizal)
- Pot Twist (Cainta, Rizal)
- Yogheart (Jaleville Subdivision, Parañaque City)
- Ecolution (Cabucgayan, Biliran)
- Eco Folk PH (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)
Basura to Ayuda
Barangay San Antonio in Pasig City incentivizes waste segregation among their residents. The program gives away rice in exchange for clean and dry plastic waste, used beverage cartons, used oil, garment waste, and food waste converted into compost. They have drop-off points, but it's best to check @planeta.cares on Instagram or Barangay San Antonio on Facebook for updates and schedule.
- Rolling Stores - Megaplaza near Robinsons Galleria
- San Antonio Urban Garden
A project by Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc., My Basurero exchanges plastic, and paper, and metal with "environmental points" that can be used to redeem milk tea, burgers, and other food items on their platform. Just log on to bxtraoutlet.delivery to use the cashback system and "Add to cart" your items.
- MBE-C Brixton Technology Center (Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City)
- MBE-C in Quezon City Hall
Green Haven Scrap Materials Trading
Green Haven Scrap Materials Trading specializes in the proper disposal of used beverage cartons or tetra pak cartons that can be hard to recycle. They accept segregated recyclables in boxes or plastic bags sent through your courier of choice (Grab, Lalamove, Toktok, Mr. Speedy, et cetera). The drop-off points are open from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Green Haven Scrap Materials Trading (Bagbaguin, Valenzuela City)
- Darwin's Store (Marulas, Valenzuela City)
- Malabon drop-off (17-A G. Araneta Avenue, Potrero, Malabon City)
- Cainta drop-off (296 Mabolo Street, Balanti, Cainta, Rizal)
- JMPurificacion Hauling (Imus City, Cavite)
- Bacunata Lying In (Dasmariñas City, Cavite)
Silent Beads turns paper waste into beads, seed papers, and other crafts that grow into plants. It lets anyone "save Mother Earth twice"—first is by minimizing paper product waste and second, by growing plants.
- Silent Beads Roof Garden (Kaligayahan, Quezon City)
- Decathlon, Pasig City
- The Pan Bakeshoppe (Diliman, Quezon City)
- SM Southmall
- Muzon, SJDM (San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan)
Envirotech Waste Recycling and Winder Recycling Company
Envirotech Waste Recycling, which is based in Davao City, collects plastic waste from landfills and transforms them into school chairs. It was founded in 2010 by mechanical engineer Winchester Lemen, who later joined forces with entrepreneur Derrick Tan to start Winder Recycling Company in 2017. Their mission is two-fold: Reduce plastic waste in the Philippines and reduce the "backlog of 1.7 million school chairs in our country." Winder Recycling Company also produces garden pots (P99 to P300), skateboards (P1,300), and picnic tables (P12,000) from recycled plastic.
Humble Sustainability describes themselves as a "circular economy startup" where resources are recirculated and raw materials and products don't ultimately turn to waste. They collect unwanted items like used clothes, plastic waste, old books and magazines, broken appliances, and everything that's been cluttering your home. Things are picked up straight from your doorstep. All you have to do is log on to their website, follow the prompt for classifying your waste, and book a pick-up schedule.
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