SM City Puerto Princesa is set to greet the Balayong Month with its Trash-to-Cash Recycling Market at its Car Park area on March 2 and 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Eleven years after its inception, the Recycle Market Fair, now Trash to Cash campaign continues to promote proper solid waste management among SM shoppers and its business partners.
Launched in 2007 in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Trash to Cash Recycling Market is one of SM Supermalls’ institutional environmental programs that aims to raise awareness on environmental issues as well as provide a public incentive program for proper disposal and management of waste materials.
Usually held every first Friday and Saturday of the month, the program encourages the households to collect and sort out their household recyclable throwaways – paper, plastic, metal, and glass waste – and turn these to cash.
SM is inviting individuals and communities to engage in recycling efforts by participating in the Trash-to-Cash program, which accepts plastic and PET bottles; tin and aluminum cans, paper scrap including books, newspapers, used papers, cartons; and scrap metals. Classified hazardous waste such as batteries and e-waste, however, are not accepted because of its harmful content.
Trash to Cash is just one of a series of ongoing activities by SM to promote eco-friendly living. Launched a decade ago, it has already benefited both the community and Mother Earth. It has enabled SM Supermalls to save 29,000 seven-year-old trees, recycled almost 700 tons of waste, and saved as much as 4,311 cubic meters in landfill space. At the same time, it has generated P19 million for those who have traded in their recyclables.