There is a looming waste management crisis in Metro Manila and if we do not do something about it now, one day when we wake up, we will find trash rotting at our doorsteps.
The best action is of course to reduce the production of waste. When that cannot be done, the next approach is to reuse or recycle the materials that we do not need any more. Many residents in the Fort are environmental conscious, but lack the information about the places that support recycling.
This blog is prepared by the Green Urban Network, a residents' group based in Bonifacio Global City, as a resource page for residents in the Fort who care about the environment.
Places to Recycle
In most buildings in the Fort, there is no proper garbage separation facilities. Thus, materials that, if kept clean and dry, could have been recycled are instead being transported to the landfills. Luckily, there are places in the Fort that we can bring our used items to, so that less goes into the landfill.
Plastics and Paper
1. SM Aura Premier
Materials to recycle: cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, metallic cookware
Collection point: "Trash for Cash" project, basement 1 of SM Aura Premier, first Friday and Saturday of each month during mall hours (not 8am to 2pm as shown in the banner).
They pay a small amount for the materials accepted for recycling, such as 5 pesos per kilogram of plastic water bottles, 2 pesos for each kg of cardboard and so on.
They also collect Eco-Bricks, which are plastic bottles stuffed with shredded plastic wrappers and packaging that will be used as construction materials.
November 1 and 2, December 6 and 7, and subsequent first Friday and Saturday of each month.
Materials to recycle: plastic wrappers and packaging materials. They need to be stuffed into used plastic bottles for use as Eco-bricks.
R.O.X. has a collection box for Eco-Bricks. SM Aura Premier Mall also collects Eco-Bricks on the first Friday and Saturday of each month.
2. H&M store at Uptown Mall
Matierials accepted: H&M Foundation accepts clothings of all makes, not just their own.
Collection point: H&M at ground floor, Uptown Mall.
3. Canon at 4th floor of SM Aura accepts empty ink cartridges of their own brand.
4. Brother at Marajo Tower, 26th Street, BGC, takes back empty toner and other printer consumables from their printers.
5. Collection point is in Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Bistro at 26th Street. See featured photo.
General Household items
6. Segunda Mana at 2nd floor of Market!Market! mall.
Segunda Mana accepts the following items:
– OLD ITEMS that can still be used
– USED ITEMS that still have value
– NEW ITEMS
– OLD STOCKS and NON-MOVING INVENTORIES
They will resell the items and then use the proceeds to fund their charitable projects.
For inquiries and scheduling of pick up of the items you want to donate, you may call them at (632) 564-0205 to 562-0020 to 25 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools that facilitate recycling
Many schools in the Fort have set up mechanisms for students to practice recycling.
For example, Chinese International School Manila at McKinley Hill accepts clean and empty tetrapaks, plastic bottles, and cardboards. Plastics will go to Plastic Flamingo and Unilever. Paper and metal wastes will be given to Tsu Chi for recycling.
British School Manila has a Green Team After School Club. They collect and sort clean plastic for shredding, melting, sanding and these are made into new products. Email: email@example.com if you want to give them cleaned plastics.
If you have friends whose kids go to such schools, you may be able to give them your clean and dry empty tetrapaks, plastic bottles, paper and cardboards.
Visit the Facebook page of the Green Urban Network to participate in the discussion or work for a green environment.