Eleazar asks Metro mayors to adopt QC’s ‘Trash to Cashback’ program

Eleazar asks Metro mayors to adopt QC’s ‘Trash to Cashback’ program

By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Noting the perennial problem of garbage disposal as a concern that should be addressed by most local government units (LGUs), Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar has expressed elation over the ongoing project in Quezon City QCitizens can pay their electricity and other bills using accumulated points from trading recyclable and single use plastics.

The said project was launched following the expansion of the Quezon City government’s waste trading program known as Trash to Cashback and in partnership with Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST) that allows QCitizens to trade plastic, metal, and paper wastes into ‘environmental points’ (EPs), city residents are able to exchange their earned EPs for basic commodities such as rice, eggs and vegetables.

Lipa City in Batangas province also has a similar program called Trash for Cash.
Lauding the city’s Trash to Cashback program, Eleazar said in a statement that other LGUs should emulate what Quezon City is doing by adopting a similar program that would not only address garbage collection problems but would also provide extra income to the citizenry who are now faced with insufficient earning despite the reopening of businesses with the easing of protocols and restrictions under Alert Level 2 status.

Last Monday, December 20, Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte signed an agreement with BEEPXTRA PHILIPPINES and CIS BAYAD CENTER INC. to expand the city’s waste trading program to enable residents to pay their bills using their EPs.

“Maganda itong programang naisip sa Quezon City dahil para bang nasolusyunan ang dalawang problema ng mamamayan—ang basura at ang pangangailangan ng extra o karagdagang income dahil sa pamamagitan ng pangangalakal ng kanilang basura ay maaaring gawin itong cash na pambayad sa kanilang kuryente at iba pang utilities bukod sa pambili rin ng mga pangangailangan sa bahay tulad ng bigas at iba pang pagkain,” the former Philippine National Police chief, who once served as district director of the QC Police District (QCPD), pointed out.

Under Belmonte’s expanded waste trading program, a QCitizen who wants to redeem his or her environmental points in payment for utility bills is required to create a Bayad App account. She/he will be allowed to redeem a minimum of 200 Environmental Points (EP) in payment for utility bills, where one EP is equivalent to one peso.

To collect Environmental Points, residents can bring their recyclables and single use plastics in designated My Basurero Eco-Community (MBE-C) kiosks across the city. Metal, paper and boxes, PET bottles, and other single-use plastics (SUP) such as shampoo sachets, coffee packs, and even online shopping plastic packages will be accepted in the drop-off points.

In ending, Eleazar urged the Metro Manila Council to pass a resolution adopting the waste trading system that could be implemented in the whole of Metro Manila so that mounting garbage would no longer be a problem and the use of plastic materials would be significantly lessened as a way to help in protecting our environment and ecology. (ai/mtvn)

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