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Trash To Cash: Recycling Market at SM Supermalls Do you have useless junk accumulating at home or in your office?

When are you planning to get rid of them? I suggest that you do it now and convert your trash to cash by joining the Recycling Market events at SM Supermalls. The Waste Market Day happens every first Saturday of the month, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the open parking in every SM Supermall. (Update: Its now every first Friday and Saturday of the month) You can just come and bring all your trash and junk and exchange them for useful items and cash. This event is sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the SM Group of Companies, in partnership with the Philippine Business for the Environment What can you trade or sell at the waste market? Items you can trade: Scrap paper and cardboard for bathroom tissue, table napkins, bond paper and notebooks. Empty ink and toner cartridge for quality remanufactured ones Plastic bottles and plastic scraps for plastic household items like hangers, basins and pails Used lead batteries (from cars, UPS and voltage regulators) for car check-up coupons Items you can sell: Used PET bottles (containers of softdrinks and mineral water bottles) Aluminum and tin cans Junk electrical appliance, specially computer monitors Items you can just drop off: Polystyrene Styrofoam Junk cellphones and cellphone batteries This project is in support of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. The act calls for practical applications of environmentally sound techniques of waste minimization such as segregation, recycling, resource recovery, re-use and composting.

SM's trash to cash program encourages recycling

(The Philippine Star) Updated May 04, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (0)

MANILA, Philippines SM Supermalls encourages shoppers to reduce waste and earn money at the same time with its Trash to Cash program.

Trash to Cash is SMs open-to-all recycling market held every first Friday and Saturday of the month at all SM
Supermalls. The program allows families to come in with trash like scrap paper and cardboard, empty ink toner cartridges, plastic bottles and scraps, used lead batteries from cars, aluminum, tin cans, and many other items, and take home cash. Not only are shoppers able to help save the environment by recycling, part of the proceeds will go towards buying trash bins, which will be donated to different public schools, helping to spread the practice of proper waste disposal to youths all over the country. Launched three years ago, Trash to Cash has already benefited both the community and Mother Earth. It has enabled SM Supermalls to save 29,000 seven-year-old trees, recycled almost 700 tons of waste, and saved as much as 4,311 cubic meters in landfill space. At the same time, it has generated P19 million for those who have traded in their recyclables. For its efforts to promote recycling, SM was recognized as the Champion for Re-use/Recycle by the Zero Basura Olympics (ZBO) during its Earth Day celebration at the SM Mall of Asia Complex. Bestowed by the DENR Secretary Horacio C. Ramos, the award is part of the DENRs ZBO program, which recognizes best practices

in waste management and also gauges companies compliance to RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Trash to Cash is just one of a series of ongoing activities by SM to promote eco-friendly living. On June 8, it is
hosting one of its biggest activities yet the third staging of the Leadership Conference Series featuring Former United States Vice President Al Gore, to encourage business to incorporate green practices in its operations. To be held at the SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia, Part 3 of the Leadership Conference Series will have Gore present an Asian version of An Inconvenient Truth, the provocative multi-media presentation on the threat of climate change and solutions to global warming and the subject of the movie of the same title, which has won critical and box-office acclaim. The Academy Award-winning film is already considered one of the top documentary films of all time. Tickets to Leadership Conference Series 3 are now available through TicketNet. For more info, call TicketNet at 9115555 or e-mail