As part of its commitment to environmental protection and conservation, Globe joined the world in calling for consistent global recycling efforts, proper e-waste disposal, ban of single-use plastics and other sustainable initiatives during the worldwide celebration of Global Recycling Day last March 18.
Launched in 2018, Global Recycling Day was created to help recognize and celebrate the crucial role recycling plays in preserving the world’s precious primary resources to help secure its future. It also encourages everyone to think about resources, not waste, when it comes to dealing with different kinds of goods.
Globe continues to encourage positive consumer behavior through its numerous environmental sustainability programs like E-waste Zero and ‘Wag Sa Single Use plastic or WasSUP that call for the extended lifespan of electronic gadgets, plastics and endorse responsible recycling.
“We introduced our E-waste Zero program back in 2014 as a way to raise funds to put up new classrooms in Aklan which were devastated by typhoon Haiyan. Since then we were able to scale the program by partnering with the rest of the AC Group, corporate clients, schools, and NGOs,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.
Globe, through its E-waste Zero, focuses on the responsible disposal and recycling of electronic wastes or e-wastes. The program is a platform for individuals and organizations to donate their old, non-working electronic devices and accessories via participating Globe Stores, select malls and offices of partner groups. Free door-to-door pickups are also available through the website – https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability/environment.html
To date, more than 1.4 million kilograms of e-waste were donated, collected and responsibly recycled through Globe’s partner Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities. These are 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, and precious metals and the final recycling process is done in TES-AMM’s facility in Singapore.
TSDs are DENR Environmental Management Bureau accredited facilities that have the capacity and technology to process hazardous wastes. All generated hazardous wastes must be handled and disposed of in accordance with the Republic Act 6969 otherwise known as the Toxic Substances, Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990. Globe has aligned its internal disposal process with this through the ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System being implemented across the organization.
WasSUP, on the other hand, is a corporate sustainability program advocating a zero waste lifestyle and educating Globe employees on how avoidance of single-use plastics can help in environmental conservation. Just this year, Globe collaborated with Green Antz Builders Inc. for the responsible disposal and processing of single-use plastic wastes.
Globe has already installed a plastic shredder in its main office at The Glove Tower in Bonifacio Global City to make sure all identified single-use plastics or SUPs from within the premises are processed and transported to the Green Antz facility in Taguig. The shredded plastics would then be used as a component of eco-bricks and pavers that will be later on sold by Green Antz as construction materials for schools and garden pathways.