COLGATE-PALMOLIVE Philippines and Green Antz Builders expanded a program on plastic waste collection to include Manila, Quezon City and Taguig City.

The program also includes more drop-off points for plastic waste in several Ayala Malls in Metro Manila.

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines and Green Antz marked the first year of a closed loop plastic waste management initiative in Bulacan, which collected hundreds of tons of plastic waste in cooperation with five local government units (LGUs) and 112 public schools.

Plastic waste is collected by communities, schools and LGUs, which include Baliuag, Malolos City, Plaridel, Pulilan, and San Ildefonso. This is exchanged for bond paper, printers, segregation bins, clock towers, thermal scanners or alcohol dispensers for schools.

Green Antz then turns this plastic waste into eco-bricks, which are used to build handwashing stations for LGUs.

“Plastic waste is one of our most serious environmental problems, globally and locally… We are allocating resources to divert plastic waste away from landfills and the ocean, to help collect, recover and recycle the equivalent amount of plastic we generate in the market and achieve our vision of achieving plastic neutrality,” Colgate-Palmolive Philippines President and General Manager Arvind Sachdev said in a statement.

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines and Green Antz also recently renewed their partnership agreement as well as a memorandum of understanding with the Municipality of Plaridel.