Globe Telecom has established E-Waste Zero, an environmental program focused on responsible disposal and recycling of electronic wastes.
E-Waste Zero provides a way for people to donate their old, non-working electronic devices via participating Globe Stores, select malls, schools, and offices of partner organizations nationwide which will then be turned over to DENR-accredited Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities for proper handling and recycling.
More than 100 bins under the Globe E-waste Zero program are now placed in different collection points nationwide such as Globe Stores and malls, which the public can easily access. These bins can accommodate mobile phones, IT accessories such as mouse, earphones, and speakers; Internet and WiFi modems and routers; cable wires, batteries, circuit boards, CDs /DVDs, and other small electronic devices. Bigger items such as computer sets, IT servers, and electronic network equipment (antennas, transmitters, etc.), and home appliances (washing machine, oven, refrigerator, and the like) may be requested for pick up.
Last year, the program collected and responsibly disposed of over 250,000 kg of e-waste, bringing the total collection to more than 1.4 million kg since the program started in 2014. These e-wastes are delivered to Globe’s partner Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities, namely Total Environment Solutions – Asset Material Management Philippines (TES-AMM) in Pasig City, and Maritrans Recycler, Inc. in Cebu. E-wastes are segregated to recover plastic materials, electronic components, glass, and precious metals but the final recycling process is done in TES-AMM’s facility in Singapore.
“Responsible disposal of e-waste also helps bring additional funds for the education sector. In 2016, Globe turned over classrooms in Altavas and New Washington, Aklan from the proceeds of the e-waste recycling program and other fundraising initiatives. Today, proceeds from e-waste donations will help provide devices and connectivity support to public school teachers and students in areas needing them the most,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe chief sustainability officer and senior vice president for Corporate Communications.