Where to Donate Plastic Waste this 2023
Contrary to the song ‘Barbie Girl’, we do not agree that life in plastic is fantastic. In fact, it’s toxic–with the harm stretching its effect to the human body and to the environment. So, we are listing down where you can donate your plastic waste this 2023.
A recent study, as devastating as it is, shows that the Philippines is the world’s top contributor of plastic waste in the ocean. In a data visualization done by Mr. Louis Lugas Wicaksono, it can easily be seen how the Philippines’ Ocean Plastic Waste is higher compared to its neighboring countries and even that of the world. But beyond these figures, it is worth noting that our country is an archipelago with a string of over 7,100 islands. Although that fact is important, it is not merely the only reason why our plastic pollutants are higher. On the other hand, poor waste management is also a culprit for the surprising amount of plastic in the oceans.
Since our archipelago is out of our control, perhaps we can contribute by focusing on managing our waste better instead. So, if you have plastic waste piling up in your home, here are places you can donate them to:
1. Green Antz Builders
Green Antz give plastics another life by turning them into bricks, which could build new homes. They collect clean and dry soft drink and mineral water bottles, shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, shopping bags, and more. You may also check here for the complete list of plastics they accept.
- Quezon City
- Ayala Malls Vertis North 1 | H&M Mall Entrance (Driveway Area)
- Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
- Ian Miraballes 0995-452-8301
- Pasig City
- Ayala Malls Feliz | AMF JP Rizal Terminal Area near Metro Supermarket
- Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
- LJ Abad 09516192698
- Taguig City
- Bonifacio High Street | The Canopy, bet. b1 and b2, Lane O(By Timezone & Hobbes & Landes)
- Saturday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- Eric Fajardo 0945-400-5390
- Makati City
- Salcedo Market | Gazebo of Jaime Velasquez Park (Access through Tanod Entrance)
- Saturday, 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Aries Catimbang 0946-928-1834
- Quezon City
The Plastic Flamingo or The Plaf is a social enterprise in the country that turns plastic waste into sustainable construction materials. Other than the collection of plastic waste, the company also provides services to companies, wherein they partner with them for their CSR or EPR. Through the said partnership, they get to impart their knowledge on the huge environmental and sustainability impacts in the country.
If you want to donate and be part of their mission, you may check the plastic waste they accept here. Currently, they have two (2) drop-off points, one in Las Piñas and another in San Pedro, both of which are accepting daily donations. You may also send it through courier, in case you do not have the time to personally drop it off:
- Las Piñas City
- Yves Rocher, SM Southmall
- This branch only accepts clean plastic drinking bottles
- San Pedro, Laguna
- Cher Transport, North Drive, San Pedro
3. My Basurero
Basic Environmental Systems & Technologies, Inc. or Best, a contractor and consultation company for waste management-related businesses, built My Basurero–an app that encourages waste segregation for households, offices, and establishments through incentives or the ‘Trash to Cashback Program’.
If you’re looking for a company that can pick up your plastic waste, My Basurero is your best option. This may, however, include a fee, to know more about the fee check out their website for the complete process.
Given the information regarding the places where you could donate your plastic waste, on behalf of our local eco-warriors, we hope that this stands as hope that we can still negate the negative impacts of plastic pollution, in the Philippines.