SM embarks on a plastic waste collection program

Under the #SMGreenMovement umbrella, SM Cares seeks to reduce land and water pollution through the collection of different types of plastic. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

How often 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 this 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.

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To date, this program has diverted nearly 20,000 kilograms of post-consumer plastics, the equivalent of 32,330 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2), from landfills, oceans and rivers.

Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following SM Supermalls — Megamall, Mall of Asia, North Edsa, Fairview, Southmall, Marilao, Marikina, East Ortigas, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga and Telabastagan — a large pickup truck that serves as a collection area is seen at the perimeter of the mall. It accepts clean, empty and dry plastic waste.

Such collectable plastic waste includes PET and HDPE bottles, shampoo, soap and detergent bottles, sachets, snacks and other packaging, plastic bags, e-commerce pouches, bubble wrap and cups. , lids, straws and disposable plastic or polystyrene utensils. .

These collected post-consumer plastics are transported and recovered by Friends of Hope – a partner of the SM plastic waste collection program, then sent to be co-processed as material for PET bottles, cement, plastic benches, among others.

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Bryce K. Locke