Cebu City to partner with NGO to put up ‘waste-to-cash’ sites

PLASTIC waste can soon be exchanged for money after a non-government organization (NGO) offered to partner with the Cebu City Government for the establishment of “waste-to-cash” sites in the city.

Ylusian Farias, managing director of Friends of Hope, met with Mayor Michael Rama on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, to introduce the “Aling Tindera” program that can help solve the city’s waste problem.

Farias is seeking the assistance of the City Government in identifying the sites where people can exchange their plastic waste for cash, according to a report from the Cebu City Public Information Office.

These sites will serve as aggregation hubs where members of the community may sell post-consumer plastic by kilogram.

Green Cycle, a partner organization of Farias, will process the collected plastics and turn them into recyclable materials that can be sold to different companies.

“We wanted to partner with the City on this because we know that waste segregation is one of your concerns and we wanted to help you and the community as well through our program,” said Farias.

300 sites

Farias initially offered 30 Aling Tindera sites that would be established in the city, but Rama wanted the NGO to install at least 300 sites.

“With this, bystanders or the community, in general, will become empowered not only to depollute the environment but make extra income as well,” said Farias.

Reymarr Hijarra, point person of Rama for environmental concerns told SunStar Cebu Friday, Nov. 18, that a kilogram of soft plastic can be exchanged for from P2 to P2.50.

Clean Up Australia, a non-profit environmental conservation organization, categorizes biscuit wrappers, plastic bags and garbage bags as soft plastics.

Rama tasked Hijarra to identify the possible locations for the establishment of the waste-to-cash sites.