Ideally, waste from your home is brought to a Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) where they are segregated according to type and diverted accordingly. However, according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources, only 35% of barangays in the country have established and operational MRFs. This scenario can lead to waste being dumped illegally or even ending up in the oceans.
Thankfully there is something we can all do to provide the best case scenario for waste.
Starting April 2022, Mondelēz International and Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST) are partnering to provide you more ways to properly manage your waste:
- Go to any of the 11 BEST waste drop-off sites in Metro Manila from April to June 2022. You can view the list here.
- Bring the dry waste from your home. Make sure they are dry, clean, and free from food or other materials.
- For any type of waste brought in, you can earn environmental points. These points can be used to redeem select Mondelēz International snack products as well as other items and prizes from BEST.
This program will run for three months so you have plenty of time to collect waste at home and bring them to the sites. And you can do it regularly, too, as BEST runs their waste collection activities all year long.
Here are the accepted materials at BEST sites:
Mondelēz International is the maker of beloved snack products like Tang, Eden Cheese, Cheez Whiz, Oreo, Toblerone, and Cadbury.
“We believe in sustainable snacking, where we are able to produce our delicious products while lessening our environmental footprint, including the impact of waste,” said Atty. Joseph Fabul, Country Manager for Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelēz International in the Philippines.
“We know that any waste, when not properly collected and diverted can end up in nature, particularly the oceans. That’s why we’re working with organizations like BEST to help support and strengthen waste collection efforts in the country.”
At the end of 2021, Mondelēz International and BEST partnered for a similar initiative where people received boxes of Cadbury Shots chocolate for the wastes they brought to collection sites. This resulted in the collection of 12,893 kilos of plastic waste alone, and the distribution of 10,800 boxes of Cadbury Shots chocolates.