Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) launched a new sustainability target that advances waste management efforts in its commercial properties. It recently opened its pilot waste recycling facility or Eco Hub in Arca South, ALI’s 74-hectare mixed-use estate in Taguig, where discarded plastic materials are recycled as eco-products for applicable uses in Ayala Land developments.
While over 35,000 tons of garbage are generated in the Philippines every day, 95% of the total waste is recyclable or can be turned to compost.
“This eco hub will help us drive segregation, and eventually reduction at source. We have seen how people continue to practice segregation when they are assured that their segregated plastic waste actually goes to the proper facilities.” Said ALI Sustainability Manager Anna Maria Gonzales.
Clean and dry plastics such as plastic laminates or “sachets” can be washed, shredded and used as components to produce ecological products such as eco bricks.
“we shred clean and dry plastic discards and mix them with sand, cement, gravel, water and an additive to produce eco bricks, eco pavers and eco cast.” Green Antz President and CEO Rommel Benig shared.
Collected and segregated waste from the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) of Ayala Land commercial properties in Makati, Taguig and South of Metro Manila will be recovered and diverted for eco-bricking in the Eco Hub facility in Arca South.
The company is also intensifying R&D for the processing of other wastes such as food, to minimize the waste that typically goes to the landfills.
The long-term vision of Ayala Land is to replicate and improve this initiative in other ALI properties.