As part of this year’s Earth Day Celebration, SM officially launched today the Trash to Cash Recycling Market where everyone is invited to go to any of the 51 SM Supermalls nationwide to exchange their trash for from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at assigned parking areas in the malls.
On regular days, SM’s Trash to Cash booths will be made available every first Friday and Saturday of every month, from 10AM to 2PM, at the mall open parking area. The mall accepts recyclable trash materials like papers, cartons, plastics, glass bottles, aluminum and tin cans, and polystyrene. These, in turn, are turned over for recycling. The event also involves the participation of mall tenants, the surrounding community of each mall, and the local government.
Eight years ago, SM City Fairview started a sustainability program called Trash to Cash Recycling Market. The program makes SM the first mall in the country to hold such kind of green fair. Four years after its launch, it earned for SM the “Friend of Biodiversity” award from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. SM’s Earth Day celebration is in partnership with the Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
SM Supermalls also see this worthwhile activity to involve not just its mall tenants and customers but the communities and local government as well. The Trash to Cash Recycling Market is one of SM’s institutional environmental programs as it aims to engage the community in recycling efforts and hopes to teach them to minimize and manage solid waste.