Globe calls for proper e-Waste recycling

One of the greatest and most impactful risks we face as a community is the threat of climate change. Globe sees mitigating the impact of climate change as a collective approach, and further gives its customers endless opportunities to do good.

As a company at the core of innovation, responsible use of technology is a principle Globe wants to foster in its customers. Even as gadgets come and go, they should not go to waste. E-waste, or electronic waste, will further cause harm to the environment if disposed improperly as it is made up of different materials that are toxic and hazardous. It makes the process of recycling risky for those who are not trained properly and do not have the necessary facilities to do it.

Some of the e-waste items collected within Malabon City (Photo from Ecowaste Coalition)

E-Waste Zero

This is why Globe established E-Waste Zero, an environmental program focused on responsible disposal and recycling of electronic wastes.

E-Waste Zero provides a way for people to donate their old, non-working electronic devices via participating Globe Stores, select malls, schools, and offices of partner organizations nationwide which will then be turned over to DENR-accredited Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities for proper handling and recycling.

More than 100 bins under the Globe E-waste Zero program are now placed in different collection points nationwide such as Globe Stores and malls, which the public can easily access. These bins can accommodate mobile phones, IT accessories such as mouse, earphones, and speakers; Internet and WiFi modems and routers; cable wires, batteries, circuit boards, CDs /DVDs and other small electronic devices. Bigger items such as computer sets, IT servers and electronic network equipment (antennas, transmitters, etc.), and home appliances (washing machine, oven, refrigerator, and the like) may be requested for pick up.

Last year, the program managed to collect and responsibly dispose of over 250,000 kg of e-waste, bringing the total collection to more than 1.4 million kg since the program started in 2014. These e-wastes are delivered to Globe’s partner Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities, namely 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, glass and precious metals but the final recycling process is done in TES-AMM’s facility in Singapore.

Additional funds for education sector

“Being responsible in disposing of e-waste also helps bring additional funds to support the education sector. In 2016, Globe turned over classrooms in Altavas and New Washington, Aklan from the proceeds of the e-waste recycling program alongside other fundraising initiatives. Today, proceeds from e-waste donations will help provide devices and connectivity support to public school teachers and students in areas that need them the most,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

Door-to-door pickup

Visit any of the participating Globe stores nationwide or request for free door-to-door pickup of bulky e-waste items. For the list of drop off areas and free door-to-door bulk hauling requests, check out E-waste Zero on Globe’s sustainability website https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability/environment.html

Globe is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SDG No. 13, which is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Learn more about Globe’s environmental initiatives

Manual segregation of broken TVs by Informal e-waste community in Malabon City (Photo from Ecowaste Coalition)

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