Ayala Land Inc. has stepped up its efforts to spread awareness on how people can keep plastics from the landfill especially with the ongoing pandemic.
Ayala Land has been working with Green Antz Builders, a provider of environment friendly products used for the construction industry, for the recycling of plastics into eco products.
The process entails the shredding of clean and dry plastic discards and mixing them with sand, cement, gravel, water and an additive. From there, Green Antz can produce eco bricks, eco pavers, and eco casts, among others.
Ayala Land’s pilot waste recycling facility, developed with Green Antz, is currently located in its 74-hectare mixed use estate in Taguig called Arca South. A second facility was opened in the company’s Lio ecotourism estate in El Nido, Palawan in the fourth quarter of 2019. Plastic waste from across the company’s pilot properties and estates are brought to these facilities to be converted into eco products.
Advocating the concept of a circular economy wherein waste generated are converted to usable resources, the company then buys these eco products to be used for construction activities in its properties. Eco pavers are currently being used for the sidewalk improvement project at the Makati central business district.
Since their partnership, Ayala Land and Green Antz have diverted 55,000 kilos of plastic equivalent to waste generated by 220,000 people in a day. They have also produced 173,000 pieces of eco products, enough to build 50 classrooms covering 60 square meters each.
“Plastics that would have otherwise ended up in the ocean will now become useful construction materials. Our strategy of capturing waste right at the source ensures they no longer contribute to ocean waste or add to the landfills, reducing the need for curative measures,” said Anna Maria Gonzales, Ayala Land sustainability manager.
People have started to segregate, clean and dry plastic waste generated from their homes, such as food containers, bubble wrappers, PET bottles, and plastic sachets, among others. These materials are being brought to drop-off points in Vertis North (QC), Salcedo Saturday Market (Makati) and Sunshine Mall (Taguig), which will then be delivered straight to the Arca South recycling facility.
People can further support Ayala Land’s zero-waste-to-landfill initiative by promoting segregation and the plastic drop-off venues to their families and friends. They can also buy the eco products such as eco bricks, which can be used as pavers for home gardens, or even for new walls for house renovations.
Educating the public on the importance of recycling plastics and other waste is crucial in the time of the pandemic, especially since studies indicate that 2020 is already on track to see 30 percent more waste than 2019.
Through its plastic waste processing facilities, Ayala Land hopes to show how everyone can do their part in achieving zero waste.