5 February 2021
The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program, has awarded one of its first grants to the Plastic Credit Exchange (PCEx) in support of local solutions that address ocean plastic waste.
The Philippines generates an alarming 2.7 million tons of plastic waste each year, and according to a 2015 McKinsey & Co. study, 20 percent of this volume is estimated to end up in the ocean. Through its grants, USAID has partnered with local and international organizations, including PCEx, to build sustainable waste systems by testing new models that increase recycling rates, reduce landfill waste and leakage into nearby waters, and improve community livelihoods
At the virtual CCBO program launch and grant award ceremony held last January 14, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law said, “The United States is a committed ally and partner of the Filipino people in protecting the country's rich marine ecosystems and resources for the benefit of present and future generations."
Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez added, "We look forward to a lasting partnership with USAID toward achieving sustainable goals that highlight the health and welfare of the environment and local citizens."
Aling Irene stands next to the PCEx-USAID plastic waste collection station, ready to launch the Aling Tindera Program in Barangay 375 in the City of Manila.
PCEx will work with the program in the City of Manila to pilot sustainable approaches and innovative solutions for cleaner cities and plastic-free seas. This partnership unlocks up to almost Php 4 million in funding for PCEx, which will be invested in its Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash program to fight ocean plastic as well as safeguard livelihoods of marginalized Filipinos.
The USAID CCBO program is working in several countries around the world, and in late 2019 launched its effort in the Philippines, where it aims to support the national government in advancing solid waste management. CCBO is currently operating at three engagement sites around the country to implement and test scalable waste and recycling solutions.