Informal recycling communities have already taken root in city centres in an attempt to harness the lost economic value of plastic material.
Instead, Plastic Bank has developed a strategic partnership model, wherein existing recycling infrastructure is incorporated into a Plastic Bank Ecosystem, empowering local entrepreneurs, and engaging schools, and churches. This new model has proven to be more efficient, and highly scalable.
Plastic collected (KG)
Last updated. 31/12/2019
Pilot leads to expansion
To expand Plastic Bank Ecosystems in the Philippines, we work with strong partners like SC Johnson, Danone, ALDI, Greiner, and Eat Natural. Since the official ribbon cutting ceremony at a pilot location in January 2016, we have established a network of 43+ Branches, engaged 1500+ Collectors and are now collecting 200,000 kg of plastic per month.
Subsistence to enterprise
From the margins to the centre
Previously at the bottom of the plastic recycling pyramid, the co-op now recovers close to 12,000 kg of plastics every month, selling cleaned and sorted plastics to Plastic Bank partner processors
The City Government of Naga has appointed the co-op as the aggregator of plastics collected across 27 facilities in all of the barangays (villages) within Naga City.
From the grassroots to the platform
The cooperative has become an influential voice in the dialogue on solid waste management and poverty reduction.
The UNESCAP engages the Balatas-Kadamay Association president as a representative of plastic collectors in global dialogues.
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