30 April 2021
MANILA, Philippines—In its commitment to aid the government’s efforts to curb the growing plastic waste in the country, The Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX) has recently partnered with Vouno Philippines, the marketing arm of leading F&B company PT Mayora Indah (Mayora), to roll out in a new location their Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash program, a project that taps women sari-sari store owners in the collection of trash for recycling in exchange for cash.
In celebration of Earth Day, the partnership was signed on April 22 in solidarity with the country’s efforts to address the plastic waste crisis through the adoption of strategies that push for effective disposal and recycling of trash. The Aling Tindera program will provide Vouno’s chosen Aling Tindera partner a platform to promote a cleaner environment and improve their garbage disposal system, ensuring that they are able to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act in their community.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), PCX will provide the micro-enterprise with a refurbished container van and manual baler which will be used as storage for the collected plastic waste. Meanwhile, Kopiko-brand carrier Vouno will aid in identifying a partner sari-sari store owner, and through PCX, educate them on the proper handling of amassed plastic and facilitating the monetization of plastic waste. The partner sari-sari store owner in turn, will collect neighborhood waste and ensure their proper disposal in the provided container van.
Apart from championing the preservation of the environment, the Aling Tindera Program also aims to empower the people of the community, particularly women micro-entrepreneurs, through the incentivization of collected plastic waste.
“The launch of this partnership with Vouno will bring us a step closer to achieving our aspirations to significantly reduce plastic waste and build a strong network of women entrepreneurs who will lead sustainability efforts in their communities,” said Richard de Guzman, PCX Sustainable Community Development Manager.
Through this program, women micro-entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to expand their network within their communities, and ultimately obtain a new source of income through the exchange of collected waste to cash. This will also strengthen their organizational leadership skills as they take on the role of overseeing an environmental project that can have a strong, positive impact on the health of their communities.