MANILA, PHILIPPINES—In its commitment to bolster the country’s efforts in managing plastic wastes, the PT Mayora Indah Group (Mayora Group) has partnered with Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX) and Green Antz, both plastic waste management companies.

Centered on proper plastic waste collection, processing, and recycling, the joint endeavor introduces new interactive avenues to improve garbage collection systems and plastic recycling projects in Metro Manila. With the help of PCX and Green Antz, the Mayora Group equips communities with the right resources not only to promote sustainability, but also, create livelihood opportunities and upgrade local road safety protocols.

To reinforce the overall plastic waste management, Mayora partnered with the leading green technology company, Green Antz, for the upcycling of plastic waste to bollards to be used by the residents of Manila and Pasay. Under this partnership, 800 shredded plastic laminated bollards were donated to the City of Pasay through the management of Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1). These bollards will provide commuters and bicycle riders the necessary guides while traversing the roads surrounding the improved train stations. 

In particular, Green Antz also entered in a joint undertaking with corporate powerhouses like Ayala Land, Ayala Malls, and Shell Foundation who have been helping in the innovation of eco-friendly products made from upcycled plastic waste used in buildings and housing solutions across the country. With over 30 operating Eco Hubs for plastic recycling all over the Philippines, Green Antz continues to provide innovative solutions to transform plastic waste into eco-friendly building materials to meet the sustainability demands of the market, industry, and communities in the country. 

In another collaborative effort, the Mayora Group has tapped PCX to launch their own Aling Tindera beneficiary and employed the help of women sari-sari store owners in the collection of trash using refurbished container vans, which act as a hub and storage for the collected plastic waste. 

Since its establishment in 2019, PCX has diverted about 20 million kilograms of plastic waste from the oceans through extensive partnerships with private and public sectors. Under this project, the Mayora group joins PCX in providing micro-enterprises with opportunities to expand their network within the communities, and eventually acquire a new source of income through the exchange of collected waste with cash. 

The partnership will give residents and communities of Barangay 651, District 5 Port Area in the City of Manila the access to an income-generating waste management system that would empower their local sari-sari store owners and build a strong network of sustainability-focused women entrepreneurs.

At the end of the day, the Mayora group, through its collaborative efforts with PCX and Green Antz, will facilitate the economic recovery of Filipino stakeholders by promoting a more sustainable community involvement program and an improved system that ultimately addresses waste management challenges experienced in the Philippines and further amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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