By recycling materials, natural resources are conserved, pollution caused by hazardous substances is avoided, and vulnerable communities are protected. Improper disposal of e-waste, for instance, can pollute the environment and even pose health hazards as old phones, home appliances, broken electronic gadgets, and their batteries contain toxic components such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury that can severely damage the environment and even harm people.
Thus, Globe, through its E-waste Zero, focuses on the responsible disposal and recycling of electronic wastes or e-wastes. The program is a platform for individuals and organizations to donate their old, non-working electronic devices and accessories via participating Globe Stores, select malls, and offices of partner groups. Free door-to-door pickups are also available through the E-Waste program form.
To date, more than 1.4 million kilograms of e-waste were donated, collected, and responsibly recycled through Globe’s partner Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities. These are Total Environment Solutions - Asset Material Management Philippines (TES-AMM) in Pasig City and Maritrans Recycler, Inc. in Cebu. E-wastes are segregated to recover plastic materials, electronic components, and precious metals, and the final recycling process is done in TES-AMM’s facility in Singapore.
TSDs are DENR Environmental Management Bureau accredited facilities that have the capacity and technology to process hazardous wastes. All generated hazardous wastes must be handled and disposed of in accordance with the Republic Act 6969 otherwise known as the Toxic Substances, Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990. Globe has aligned its internal disposal process with this through the ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System being implemented across the organization.
WasSUP, on the other hand, is a corporate sustainability program geared towards advocating a zero-waste lifestyle and educating Globe employees on how avoidance of single-use plastics can help in environmental conservation. Just this year, Globe collaborated with Green Antz Builders Inc. for the responsible disposal and processing of single-use plastic wastes starting with its main office at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Green Antz Builders is an innovative provider of building and housing solutions that integrates eco-friendly practices and green technologies in its products and services.