A non-profit group swaps trash for cash amid the COVID-19 pandemic

A non-profit group swaps trash for cash amid the COVID-19 pandemic


The global pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or better known as COVID-19 which originated from Wuhan, China is not a reason enough for caring for mother Earth.

Actually during the first few months of the global pandemic reports from different parts of the world tend to show that Earth seems to be healing itself, from the usual day in day out different pollution activities brought about by human activities.

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In the Philippines a Non-profit group Plastic Credit Exchange (PCEx) makes use of the good old adage of “hitting two birds with one stone” as  it seeks to help preserve the environment while providing a fresh source of income to struggling Filipinos because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Philanthropist Nanette Medved-Po said PCEx rolled out its waste to cash initiative in the country’s capital – Manila through their Aling Tindera network.

"We work with women micro-entrepreneurs who are sari-sari store owners. We provide them with a container van and some other implements for them to be able to collect plastic waste from the community and pay for it," Po told CNN Philippines.

"It's a wonderful thing especially now with such high unemployment due to the COVID crisis. People can not only make some money cleaning up by making our environment better," she added.

Po and her group admits the global health pandemic forced a lot of Filipinos to go back to the heavy use of the single-use plastic for hygiene and safety, which would entail doubling the efforts to clean up these wastes and in the improvement of resource recovery.

"It would be anti-poor to remove these sorts of ways to deliver products to the market," the former Darna star said.

"We're very fortunate that many companies, the people that usually get a bit of a bad rap from plastic pollution, are actually very aggressive in wanting to make sure they are part of the solution," she added.

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Report from CNN Philippines



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