The PPIA Environment Committee is actively advocating various environmental responsibility and sustainable development for the plastics industry. They implement projects and initiatives that would enhance the capability of SMEs in minimizing their environmental impacts as well as promoting of 3Rs and proper segregation of waste to LGUs, Government Agencies, NGO and etc thru conducting series of meetings, forums, seminar and related activities.
Season of Creation
The Season of Creation, is an annual celebration starting from September 1 to October 4, this is the year when 2.2 billion Christians are invited to pray, care and act in protecting the creation God.
September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.
Christian Churches are organizing and supporting hundreds of events worldwide throughout the month, and they are engaging in different actions to care for creation and our environment throughout the season.
In line with the Season of Creation’s objective, the Philippine Plastics Industry Association, Inc. (PPIA) joined hand in hand with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) and created a program entitled, “Plastic bag and Styro Redemption Caravan”. The objective of the caravan is to give awareness about proper segregation of waste especially on plastic products.
The mechanics for the program are simple and these are the following:
- 1. People will bring clean and dry “sando bags” or “Styro products” to a parish of a certain baranggay.
- 2. The parish will accept those non-traditional wastes and will replace it with condiments* or school supply**.
- 3. Then, the industry will collect the collected non-traditional wastes in the Churches and transfer it to proper recyclers for recycling.
Note: *coffee stick, juice pack, soy sauce and vinegar; **pencil, eraser, sharpener, pads etc.
This program promotes proper segregation and disposal of waste especially plastic products.
Cash for Scrap: A Recyclers’ Bazaar
Greenhills Shopping Center (GSC) continues the activity entitled “Cash for Scrap: A Recyclers’ Bazaar”. It is a continuous effort of different recyclers group, industry, local government unit, near-by barangay council and NGO in promoting green living and awareness on proper solid waste management.
One of Metro Manila’s most-loved retail destinations is now calling everyone to participate and to bring their recyclable wastes in this event.
Interested individuals and/or groups may bring the following recyclables:
- Paper products: Newspapers, cartons, magazines, notebooks, old books, telephone directories, and more
- Electronic wastes: Non-working electronic & electrical appliances, household batteries, cellphone batteries and chargers, CPU’s & monitors, laptops, digital cameras, telephones, fax machines, printers, scanners, keyboards, and others.
- Aluminum cans of soda and other
- Clean and dry Polystyrene Styrofoam
- Tetra Pak cartons
- Doy packs of juice and shampoo sachets
- Used printer ink cartridges
- Used cooking oil
The Recyclers’ Bazaar is co-presented by National Solid Waste Management Commission under the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Barangays Greenhills and Wack-Wack, Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines, and Ortigas & Company.
The Plastics Industry actively participates in the Cash for Scrap every year. The industry buys the used but clean and dry sando bags for Php 3.00 per kilo. All recovered sando bags are subject for recycling by its proper recycler.
The Cash for Scrap program is located at the Parking 1, fronting G-Strip Building between GSC, Annapolis, San Juan City.
International Coastal Cleanup Philippines
The Philippines joined once again in the annual global celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). For the 32nd year of ICC 2017 it was themed, “Together for our Ocean”. Every third Saturday of September, volunteers from around the globe participate in clearing tons of trash from coastlines, rivers, and lakes and recording every piece of trash collected.
The main objectives of the ICC are:
- To engage people to remove trash and debris from beaches, waterways and other water bodies
- To identify the sources of debris
- To change behaviors that cause pollution
- To raise awareness on the extent of the marine debris problem
- To aid in better-informed policy decisions and improved solid waste management programs
The coordinators of the Metro Manila group identified the two (2) major sites for the cleanup drive and they are:
- Baywalk, Roxas Blvd. near US Embassy, and
- Las Pinas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-tourism Area (Freedom Island), San Dionisio, Parañaque City (LPPCHEA)
In line with the Philippine Plastics Industry Association, Inc. advocacy, we actively participate in the annual ICC program. Wherein the industry contribute PP woven sack (Sako) to partnered agency and to partnered local government units.