Have Your Garbage Picked Up On Demand By Using These Waste Management Apps On Your Mobile
One small step to do, one big favor for Mother Earth!
There’s a long-standing debate on pollution and how garbage, mostly single-use plastics, contribute to it. In 2015, the Philippines was considered the world’s “third biggest source of plastic leaking into the ocean.” And while big businesses are the main contributors to this problem, individuals like you and me are not exempt from it either. With innovations for households and small businesses, we can help in our own little ways. Simple deeds like disposing trash properly go a long way. We can reduce our carbon footprint by learning proper waste management and using these garbage collection applications.
Heads up, Metro Manila residents! If you have piles of newspapers, empty boxes, or plastic bottles just lying around in your bodega, you might want to consider booking a pick-up with Trash Panda.
To use the app, you have to register your name and complete address, then, click the “Book Now” button to set your preferred collection schedule. Note that your recyclables would need to be segregated into four categories: paper and carboards, used beverage cartons (including “tetra paks”), plastics, and metals.
The garbage collectors will then pick-up your recyclable items and will bring them to proper facilities for recycling and processing.
Trash Panda services residents in Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Cainta, Rizal.
Download Trash Panda on Google Play.
Did you know that you can exchange your recyclable items for cash? Yes, you read that right! My Basurero’s “Trash to Cashback” program aims to encourage residents to segregate their recyclables and get them picked-up by garbage collectors by enabling them to earn Environmental Points (EPs) that can be exchanged for cash. The cashback can be redeemed at bXTRA partner outlets or can be used to buy food and drinks from stores included in the bXTRA outlet delivery community.
My Basurero services residents within Metro Manila and Rizal.
Hakoot is a free mobile app that connects households and businesses to garbage collectors. Through Hakoot, they can set a schedule each time they need their garbage disposed.
Developers Efren Jamolod Jr. and Jesrome Jamolod created two applications for Hakoot: one for the garbage collectors, and another for the residents and businesses. “Through their cellphones, residents and establishments can, in real time, inform garbage collection management of the volume and kind of garbage they want to dispose,” says Efren.
Aside from its garbage collection service, the app also enables residents to sell their recyclables for other Hakoot users to buy. This allows users to earn extra income while decluttering and recycling used appliances.
Right now, Hakoot only collects garbage within Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, but hopefully, users from different parts of the Philippines can make use of this technological advancement soon.
Download Hakoot on Google Play.
Waste management tips at home
“Comprehensive solid waste management should be strictly implemented at home since most of the people are now staying in their houses due to the pandemic. Solid waste management is everybody’s concern,” says Engr. Cindylyn Ochea, chief of Environmental Education and Information Unit (EEIU) of DENR-7.
Plastics from delivery parcels, for example, tend to accumulate. It is best to practice these simple waste management tips so we can help the environment even when we’re at home.
Garbage collection services are available in the country, and they help make recycling so much easier. It reduces the amount of waste you produce, and also helps you save money, energy, and natural resources.
Republic Act 9003 or “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000” supports this initiative as an environmental milestone in the country.
Learn proper segregation.
By simply separating biodegradables from non-biodegradables, you are already helping the process of recycling tremendously.
Use “green” disposables.
Switching to disposables manufactured from leaves or biodegradable materials lessens the use of single-use plastics.
It’s always helpful to find a new purpose for something instead of throwing it away. Containers, boxes, and other packaging materials can be reused and repurposed.
Instead of throwing away broken appliances or furniture, try and see if they can be repaired. If not, they can be donated to surplus shops and antique stores! Do not discount the possibility that it might still be useful to some people.
With technology now widely available in the country, we can opt for paperless transactions. This means less trees would need to be cut down to make paper. It’s a win for Mother Earth!