Waste Management & Circularity

Advisory Service

Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS)

WACS is an important component in the solid waste management plan as it can be useful for all stakeholders in particular local government units. In this sustainability plan, identified mall stall owners or operators describing the specific type/nature of business could use WACS as a basic planning tool to analyze solid waste generation during mall hours. The resulting set of data from the study, that shows per capita and total waste generation as well as composition per type of waste, can be used for developing comprehensive solid waste management strategies and provided as inputs to their respective SWM programs as stated in Section 17b of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001.

This project is made possible by USAID as our grantor, Robinsons Land Corporation as our implementing partner, and PARMS as our advisory partner.

Setting Up a Solid Waste Value Chain

Designing an effective solid waste management system entails understanding the material use across the value chain: how the waste is generated, stored, collected, transported, and disposed / recycled. This requires engagement with multiple stakeholders in the value chain. Developing a good materials and waste management system involves consultations with various waste value chain stakeholders, including local governments, informal waste sector, junk shops, and the like. The objective of the service is to use the right materials that are fit for circularty, improve the efficiency of waste collection, and increase waste diversion to reduce the need to dispose wastes in landfills. We provide our clients handholding services every step of the way, from assessment, design, implementation, and monitoring of solid waste management system.

Research & Policy Advocacy

Waste Diversion Credit Mechanism

Entities and individuals that will be able to demonstrate a verifiable absolute amount of plastics being removed from waste stream into a value chain will be given a certified credit. The credit can be tradable to those entities who produce materials that eventually end up in waste, and those who need to demonstrate responsibility over those materials. The idea is similar to carbon credits, in which compensation is provided to those who create tradable instruments for any avoidance or reduction of carbon emissions.

Mall Waste Recovery Program for Residual Plastic Waste

Since the approval of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (R.A. 9003) in 2001, solid waste remains to be a perennial problem in the Philippines. A study conducted by Jenna Jambeck from the University of Georgia indicated that the country is the third contributor to global marine debris, which is mostly caused by mismanagement of plastic wastes. Despite some local government units’ (LGUs) efforts to implement “No Segregation, No Collection” policy and to promote reduction of wastes, the impact remains to be very minimal since there is barely any additional facility to divert wastes to, and participation across all waste channels, although imperative, remains to be low.

Our vast experiences in waste mangement makes us best positioned to engage with the private sector, especially those who champion business sustainability. This project is being implemented with an industry association, the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS), whose role is to facilitate production of plastic products (i.e. garbage bins, tiles, pallets, etc.) from residual wastes.

This project is made possible by USAID as our grantor, Robinsons Land Corporation as our implementing partner, and PARMS as our advisory partner.

Policy Advocacy Council on Materials Economy

Given our broader mandate on sustainable development, our member companies are expected to be more proactive in working with the government, particularly in crafting policies relevant to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our development challenges are enormous and cannot be achieved if the private sector and the government do not work together towards sustainability in the Philippines. To address this, we created a Policy Advocacy Council (PAC) on Materials Economy. PAC is envisioned (1) to pursue a systematic policy review to amend outdated policies that have become barriers for businesses to contribute to sustainable development and (2) to advocate for better enabling policies that will facilitate the transformation of our economy to a low-carbon, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable one.

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