(SPOT.ph) In the last three months, we've seen tarpaulins printed, distributed, and posted all over our neighborhoods—from our own gate to empty walls. It was campaign season, after all, and visibility was very important to everyone running for public office. Other volunteers even designed their own posters and mass-produced campaign materials using their own money with tarpaulins being the more obvious choice as they're water-resistant and don't wear out easily. Unfortunately for our environment, they're mostly made of plastic, which, as we all know, is the top reason for our garbage problem. Now that campaign season is over, what do we do with all the tarps?
First of all, do not burn tarpaulins—burning plastic is bad for your health and the environment. You can upcycle them on your own and turn them into bags, organizers, aprons, or even a purse if you know how to. Otherwise, you can also send them to a materials recovery facility near you for recycling.
Here's where you can bring plastic campaign materials for tarp recycling:
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, which includes tarpaulins. 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)
Sentinel UpCycling Technologies
A manufacturer of upcycled products, Sentinel UpCycling Technologies turns pieces of plastic into pellets through cleaning, cutting, and chemical processing. These pellets are then transformed into upcycled plastic products, such as monobloc chairs, crates and containers, armchairs, benches, trays, hangers, bins, stools, and more. You can drop off your plastic waste at First Pinnacle Trading Corporation, 60 West Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City,
A project by Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc., My Basurero exchanges plastic, 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
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