SM Cares seeks to reduce plastics with plastic waste collection program

How many times have we seen pictures in our social media feeds of turtles, birds and other animals that have ingested excessive amounts of plastic, and wondered what we could do to help alleviate the sorry situation? In our individual lives, it may seem like we can’t do much about the pollution in the world; but that doesn’t mean we should just shrug our shoulders and wish for a better world. It’s in our hands to make a difference, no matter how small. We can be grateful that companies like SM Prime and their #SMGreenMovement are helping lead the way.

SM Cares, under the umbrella of #SMGreenMovement, has embarked on a plastic waste collection program that aims to reduce soil and water pollution through the collection of different types of plastic. To date, this program has diverted nearly 20,000 kg of post-consumer plastics, the equivalent of 32,330 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), from landfills, oceans and rivers.

Daily from 10am to 5pm at the following SM Supermalls – Megamall, Mall of Asia, North EDSA, Fairview, Southmall, Marilao, Marikina, East Ortigas, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga and Telabastagan, you will find a large van serving as area collection at the perimeter of the shopping center. They will accept your clean, empty and dry plastic waste.

What falls under the categories of collectible plastic waste? Your PET and HDPE bottles, shampoo, soap and detergent bottles, your sachets, snack packs and other packaging, plastic bags, e-commerce pouches, bubble wrap, as well as your plastic or polystyrene cups, lids, straws and utensils Disposable .

This pretty much covers many of the touch points that plastics create in our daily lives. It is SM Prime that takes the lead in making its SM Sustainable Development Goals something we can easily access and contribute to as responsible partners and members of the community.

These collected post-consumer plastics are transported and recovered by Friends of Hope – a partner of the SM Plastic Waste Collection program. Some of these aggregated plastics are also sent to be co-processed as material for PET bottles, cement, plastic benches and many more.

You can visit www.smsupermalls.com/smcares/ for more information. Here, SM Prime and the #SMGreenMovement provide an immediate answer on how each of us can start taking action to be sustainable and help reduce plastics in our own lives.

Bryce K. Locke