The Quezon City (QC) local government is bringing back its plastic waste trading program, Trash to Cashback, to intensify segregation and introduce the concept of recycling and a circular economy for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Mayor Joy Belmonte revealed that single-use plastics and disposable materials for dine-in transactions would be banned in the city starting on July 1.
Building on this, the program is part of the city’s campaign to reduce plastic waste, following the implementation of the plastic bag ban in March, she said.
Under the Trash to Cashback program metal, papers, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles are accepted at the drop-off points, along with single-use plastic such as shampoo sachets, coffee packs, and even online shopping packages.
“Together with our partner, Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST), we are bringing this project down to our barangays to make it more accessible and convenient to our residents who are willing to trade their recyclables into groceries. Hopefully, we can launch it by June in celebration of Environment month,” the mayor said.
The program was first launched in March, giving residents the opportunity to trade their recyclables into “environmental points” (EPs) in exchange for basic commodities, such as rice, eggs, vegetables, and other essential grocery items.
“The single-use plastics that we usually disregard, like sachets and online shopping packaging, are also included on the list of the recyclables that can be exchanged with EPs. This is part of our campaign to reduce plastic waste,” Belmonte said. DALISAY NOLASCO