Trash to Treasure: Here's Where You Can Have Your Waste Recycled

Aug 23, 2021 0 comments


The rainy season is upon the country once again and many fear that the tragedies in the past years will repeat. This is especially true as single-use plastics continue to clog our drainages and swim in our waters, resulting in adverse effects to crops and seas that provide livelihood and those who reside in shallow areas.

In March 2021, the World Bank reported that the Philippines alone contributes approximately 0.75 million tons of plastic thrown in the oceans annually. Only 15% of the plastics we use are recycled. Shifting to an entirely eco-friendly lifestyle takes resources, effort, and time, but multiple firms and organizations have stepped up to get Filipinos into the habit of segregating their trash and recycling like them:

1. The Plaf


The Plastic Flamingo’s mission is to eliminate marine pollution by collecting plastic before it reaches bodies of water. The organization continues to make their advocacy known by allowing Metro Manila residents, may it be individuals, communities, or organizations, to partner with them.

They accept all types of plastics – from PETs to EcoBricks – as long as they are clean and free of residue. No space at home? You may also opt to drop-off their waste at one of their eight collection points, which can be found on their website.

2. Trash Panda


Trash Panda makes recycling effortless with a pick-up service for a minimal fee in Metro Manila and Cainta, Rizal. They have also developed an app for Android users, where they can track where their donations go. Don’t worry if you’re team iOS because pick-ups can be scheduled through their web app.

Aside from plastics, they collect tin cans, foil, papers, and Tetra Paks. With their outstanding performance, IdeaSpace recently hailed them as one of the Top 15 Start-Ups in 2021.

3. Green Haven Scrap Materials Trading


Got more than plastics? Green Haven Scrap Materials Trading accepts glass bottles, old books, small appliances, and fabrics. Pick-ups can easily be scheduled through their Messenger for a fee based on location.

Their drop-off point is in Valenzuela but you can also tune into their Facebook page for announcements on their next collection destination if you want them to pass by your home!

4. Winder Recycling Company


Take home decor to the next level with Winder Recycling Company. This Davao-based organization collects plastics from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and turns them into plant pots, furniture, and canisters that can be purchased on Lazada.

More than hindering non-biodegradable waste from infiltrating landfills, they also impact communities by creating school chairs out of others’ waste. Their next big venture? A house that will be erected with three tons of single-use plastic called, “Enviro Home.” 

5. Plastics by Manila Automat


If you want to be stylish and eco-friendly at the same time, Plastics by Manila Automat is the answer to your dilemma. Located in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, this innovative recycling hub transforms trash into bling. They make hair clips, rings, and even coasters with affordable prices. Follow their Facebook page for updates on bazaar appearances and new bundles!




━━ Written By Melissa Tan 
━━  Art By Metroscene Mag


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