As part of its commitment to aid in mitigating plastic wastes, leading consumer goods company Procter & Gamble Philippines, together with World Vision Development Foundation Inc., has successfully implemented the school-based Pag-asa sa Basura program.
The environmental sustainability program aims to collect and upcycle plastic sachets into school chairs, trash bins, and other useful products.
For its pilot run, Pag-asa sa Basura has partnered with 26 public schools in Malabon and Quezon City for the collection of used plastic sachets and plastic bottles in their respective communities.
Within the first three months of the program, the schools were able to recover over 2.3 million plastic sachets and more than 700,000 hard plastic bottles. In return, each student received incentives for every sachet and bottle collected.
The program, aside from enabling plastic recovery and recycling, aims to promote the importance of proper solid waste management. P&G and World Vision rehabilitated the schools’ materials recovery facilities, and trained teachers and students on proper waste segregation, upcycling, and circular economy.
“As we continue to take progressive action to mitigate plastic wastes, we aim to champion sustainable innovations through our brands and manufacturing, and empower Filipino communities to be part of the solution through recycling, upcycling, and other waste diversion initiatives,” said P&G communications head Anna Legarda-Locsin.
“The Pag-asa sa Basura program is one of the ways we collaborate with stakeholders and consumers for environmental sustainability,” she added.
P&G and World Vision’s program was able to orient over 3,000 students and teachers in Malabon and Quezon City on RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law.
Alongside the workshop, Pag-asa sa Basura helped establish 21 Solid Waste Management Committees in Malabon and five committees in Quezon City, equipping students and faculty members knowledge on practicing waste management more effectively inside their campuses and homes.
“P&G and World Vision helped significantly reduce the amount of plastic wastes in our community through recycling and upcycling. More importantly, this program motivated our students to practice proper waste segregation in their homes as well,” shared Catmon Integrated School Malabon YES-O coordinator Genmart Alejandro.
P&G and World Vision are expecting to recover more used sachets and bottles in the coming months and prevent plastic wastes from ending up in oceans or landfills.
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