EDC, PLAF team up for plastic waste shelter project

The country’s largest renewable energy power producer, Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has partnered with Plastic Flamingo to fight marine plastic pollution in the country.

The move is part of EDC’s goal to become a zero waste company.

Under the partnership, plastic waste materials of EDC employees who are based in Manila and adjacent areas will be collected once a month and will be turned over to PLAF for proper waste recycling, upcycling and disposal.

PLAF will segregate the collected plastics according to its classifications and transform them into eco-planks, which are used in producing emergency shelter for populations hit by disaster.

EDC’s over 1,499MW total installed capacity accounts for 20 percent of the country’s total installed RE capacity while its 1,204.67MW geothermal portfolio accounts for 62 percent of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity.

According to the report released by McKinsey Center for Business and Environment in 2020, Philippines was ranked as the world’s third biggest polluter with 2.7 million metric tons of plastic wastes generated annually.

EDC has been implementing various programs to eliminate plastic waste such as information campaigns among employees on proper waste materials disposal and encouraging employees to donate eco-bricks to its sister-company, First Balfour.