DENR to launch Earth Day Every Day Project to fortify fight vs plastic

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is launching on April 22 the Earth Day Every Day Project to mobilize the youth in curbing plastic pollution and to strengthen the fight against the use of plastic.

Boy and Girl Scouts from different schools will compete in a final weigh-in to conclude their plastic drive at the SM Mall of Asia on Apr. 22, where the class with the most plastic wins.

Earth Day Every Day Project is a plastics collection competition among students nationwide. It aims to engage the youth on the importance of recycling plastics and to foster a culture of environmental responsibilities in line with the values of scouting. 

DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga will be joined by SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Assistant Vice President Jessica Bianca Sy, Nestle Philippines Inc. Corporate Affairs Head Senior Vice President Joey Uy, Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) Secretary General Kim Robert de Leon, and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) National President Cristina Lim-Yuson in signing the Pledge of Commitment for the project to be held in Pasay City.

“The Earth Day Every Day Project advocates the promotion of feasible methods to reduce waste and foster a culture of sustainability among the youth and communities, and motivates participation through incentives. For this, we thank SM Supermalls, Nestle, and the Boy and Girl Scouts of the Philippines for their invaluable support and collaboration. Their robust presence and proactive engagement will serve as a multiplier effect in our advocacy efforts,” said Loyzaga.

To combat plastic pollution in the country, the DENR advocates for a circular economy where all plastic applications are reused, recycled, and responsibly managed during and after use while enabling a lower greenhouse gas emissions plastic economy.

“Regenerating our planet has long been our advocacy at SM – through our many initiatives in recycling water and repurposing solid waste as well as the use of renewable energy. Through this program, we aim to motivate students to collect plastics within their communities and bring them to our collection facilities at the nearest SM mall. Active participation and a friendly competition among the students will make this activity not only relevant but fun,” said SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Assistant Vice-President Jessica Bianca Sy.

“At Nestlé Philippines, we recognize that partnerships are essential in urgently and effectively tackling the plastic waste crisis. And so, we work closely with our partners in implementing environmental sustainability initiatives. These include solid waste management education for 11 million public school Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) National President Cristina Lim-Yuson and capacity building for over two thousand community leaders nationwide. In collaborating with the DENR, we will be able to build greater synergies to fulfill our shared responsibility to nurture the health of the planet which we call our home,” said Nestle’ Philippines Inc. Corporate Affairs Head Senior Vice President Joey Uy.

On April 22, student scouts from the BSP and GSP from various schools will bring the plastic items they collected including plastic bottles and plastic bags for a weigh-in at SM Mall of Asia. The class with the highest volume of plastic items will win a prize.

Students may bring the plastics they have collected to designated SM Supermalls collection facilities in the cities of Pasay, Marikina, Pasig, Manila, and in Quezon City for the National Capital Region, and in Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Cebu, and Davao. This project aligns with SM Supermalls’ existing plastic waste collection initiatives.

Points will be assigned according to the type of plastic collected. Every month, prizes will be awarded to the class with the highest points, and at the end of the year, to the school with the highest-pointer classes. 

The project is in line with this year’s Earth Day celebration theme, Planet vs Plastic which “calls to advocate for widespread awareness on the health risk of plastics, rapidly phase out all single use plastics, urgently push for a strong UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, and demand an end to fast fashion, and build a plastic-free planet for generations to come.”

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