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From Plastic to Planks of Promise: Realising the Value of Plastic Waste Through Recycling
August 16, 2020

Alliance to End Plastic Waste and The Plastic Flamingo partner to increase plastic waste solutions in the Philippines

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance) announces its first partnership and investment in the Philippines with local social enterprise, The Plastic Flamingo. The partnership, named Planks of Promise, will scale up collection of plastic waste in the Metro Manila area, and process the collected plastic waste in a new recycling facility—turning it into eco-planks.

The Plastic Flamingo, a social enterprise launched in the Philippines in 2019, provides a unique solution to the plastic waste problem. Thework with investors, sponsors, and corporate partners – such as the Learning Tree preschools, Forbes Park community, and Enderun Colleges—to manage over 62 collection points to help collect, sort and recycle plastic waste. With the support of the Alliance, the Planks of Promise initiative aims to more than triple this number to 200 collection points by 2022.

To realise the value of plastic waste, The Plastic Flamingo has also partnered with the University of the Philippines Diliman to transform plastic waste into eco planks, which can be used to make emergency shelter kits, providing temporary housing to Filipinos displaced by natural disasters. The shelter kits will then be acquired and donated by various non-governmental organisations to the most exposed local communities. The planks can also be sold to contribute to the operating costs of the recycling facility.

This is the first project in the Philippines for the Alliancean international non-profit organisation who has a target to invest US$1.5 billion over five years towards solutions that can help end plastic waste in the environment.The Alliance has projects around the world, with a special focus on areas that are most vulnerable to plastic waste leakage in Southeast Asia. 

“Asia is an important focus for the Alliance, as it accounts for 80% of plastic waste leaking into the environment. Supporting partners like The Plastic Flamingo in the Philippines means we are able to bring resources and expertise to scale proven solutions at the frontline where it matters,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “With Planks of Promise, we can develop a sustainable waste management system that fits the needs of the local community, and at the same time provide strong yet affordable emergency shelters during natural disasters.”

“With the help of the Alliance, this project will ramp up plastic waste recycling rates over the next three years, and we hope to recycle 2,000 metric tons per year by 2022,” said The Plastic Flamingo CEO François Lesage. Currently, the Plastic Flamingo already has 62 operational collection points, and with this partnership, the social enterprise is looking to work with more communities to make plastic waste recycling easier for Filipinos.

The Plastic Flamingo is in the process of acquiring a site for the new recycling facility, which aims to be operational by the end of the year.

To find out more about this project, visit endplasticwaste.org/project/planks-of-promise