PARMS and its members announced the Ambisyon 2030: Zero Waste to Nature pledge in January 26, 2020 during the event for the Anniversary of the Manila Bay Cleanup.
Manila, Philippines –– Plastic, along with other waste, should not end up in nature. This is the belief of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability or PARMS. In line with this, PARMS recently led the signing of a multi-sectoral pledge to ensure plastic and other waste do not end up in oceans and waterways. Mondelez Philippines was one of the organizations who committed to abide by the commitments of the pledge, which is in line with the Company’s global sustainability goals.
PARMS, is a non-stock, non-profit organization which was established with the aim of bringing together stakeholders from the supply and waste value chain, with civil society and the academe. It works to implement a holistic and comprehensive program to increase resource recovery and reduce landfill dependence towards zero waste. Plastic waste and its effects on the environment have been in the news recently, with proposals from the government to regulate the use of single-use plastic. Like any problem, it is first important to understand the reasons behind it, to come to an effective and realistic solution. This is the mission of PARMS.
“We would like to be a partner to the government, advoca-cy groups and consumers to better understand the issue of plastic waste,” shares Commissioner Crispian Lao, Founding President of PARMS. “What makes plastic become waste? What happens to plastic when we throw it out from our homes? How does plastic end up in the oceans and waterways? These are all questions and issues we need to take a closer look at to understand them and to find out how to solve them.” PARMS cites that banning plastic may put a strain on the economy and consumers. Rather, this issue should also look at the lacking waste management infrastructure of the country.
Lao adds, “Our pledge was signed by our members from the manufacturing industry, as well as other stakeholders and was witnessed by our government partners including Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as well as Senator Cynthia Villar last January 26, 2020. It is a testament to our collective’s desire to work together, think together and collaborate to bring effective solutions forward.”
After the pledge signing, PARMS will embark on consultation and planning sessions to develop and implement a road-map with concrete short (2022), medium (2025), and long term (2030) targets to guide sound and implementable actions towards the goal of Zero Waste to Nature.