Curbing plastic waste in the Philippines, a good practice paper


Waste is the third largest contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Philippines accounting for nine percent of the total emissions. Worldwide, municipal solid waste will rise from the current 1.3 billion tons a year to 2.2 billion tons a year by 2025. Much of the increase will come from rapidly growing cities in developing countries, according to a 2012 World Bank report. V-LED implimenting partner, UN-Habitat, has written a new paper on how Imus City in the Philippines is implimenting a plan to significantly curb waste and decrease emissions (see below for download link).

Imus City in Cavite province, known as the flag capital of the Philippines and located 21km south of Manila, addresses its problem of disposing plastic and garbage with an integrated approach to solid waste management and utilization. With a population of 403,884 residents (2017 data) in 97 barangays, Imus City—the banking hub of Cavite province—generated 155,125 tons of waste per day in 2017, up from 142,243 tons in 2015, government data showed. Like other urbanizing cities, the rate of garbage collection in Imus City has been increasing each year owing to high consumption from a rapidly growing population.

On 18 March 2016, V-LED hosted workshop titled “Good Practice Exchange: Localizing National Climate Change Action Targets Through Implementation of Mitigation Action.” The event was attended by city and municipal government officials of Imus, Silang and Carmona in Cavite province and Sta. Rosa and San Pedro in Laguna province as well as partner agencies such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). V-LED implementing partner, UN-Habitat, followed up with Imus city and its solid waste management plan.

As part of its plan to pursue low-carbon development by mitigating GHG emissions, the Imus City government SWM Plan integrates composting, Basuraffle and charcoal briquetting. Basuraffle is a wordplay on basura (Filipino term that means trash) and raffle. Under the project initiated in February 2017, the residents collected and turned over to the city waste disposal facility a kilo of plastic (made up of plastic sando bags and wrappers) in return for a ticket to win prizes raffled by the city government.

Read more about what Imus City is doing to curb plastic waste by downloading V-LED’s good practice paper (PDF).

Adopted Good Practice: How Imus City in Cavite is curbing its plastic waste problem