As part of its Environmental Programs on Solid Waste Management, SM Cares recently deployed special recycling booths in two of the biggest SM malls in the country, providing mall-goers with a fun and convenient way of disposing of their recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Through the Reverse Vending Machine of SM Cares called “Eco Vendo”, the first of its kind in the private sector, SM mall goers can enjoy special discounts in exchange for their PET bottles and aluminum cans.

To participate, they can simply deposit these recyclable items in the specially designed vending machines located in specific areas in select SM malls. For every 1,000 mL worth of polyethylene terephthalate or PET bottles and/or aluminum soda cans deposited, the customer can choose one of the following reward discounts: 15% off at SM Skating, or 15% off at SM Bowling. The machine will then print a voucher that the customer can use to redeem their discount.

Customers can use one discount per transaction, and it must be claimed within 60 days from date of issuance, from Monday to Thursday in the following branches: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA,
and SM Fairview (for SM Bowling); and SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia (for SM Skating). Or, if the recycled items are less than 1000 ml, proceeds will automatically go to SM Cares, which will support its various programs. SM Cares deployed one Eco Vendo each in SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall, which will be available from January 20 to April 20, 2023.

These can be found in the following locations: SM Cinema, 3F Building A, SM Megamall (near
Snack Time counter) & SM Cinema, 2F Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia (near Snack Time counter).”With the continued degradation of our environment due to the global waste crisis, we need to ramp up our efforts to mitigate it. Every little thing counts,” said Program Director for SM
Environment and Sustainability Engr. Liza Silerio. “Through our Reverse Vending Machine
project, we want to communicate to our mall-goers that properly disposing of even just one plastic bottle already makes a difference.”

By doing this, participants can also avail of rewards they won’t get anywhere else. But of course,
nothing can be as rewarding as everyone being able to enjoy their right to a healthy environment,” she added. SM’s other initiatives for the Environment include the Trash to Cash recycling market
every first Friday and Saturday of the month, across all SM Malls. Trash-to-Cash is SM’s long-running environmental initiative aimed at educating the community to recycle, dispose of their trash properly, and earn in the process.

Aside from Trash to Cash Recycling Market, SM Supermalls, through the SM Cares Program on Environment and supported by SM Cyberzone also launched its Electronic Waste Collection (EWC) Program. This corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiative encourages mall shoppers, communities, and individuals to bring their old gadgets and other e-waste for proper
disposal by accredited hazardous waste collection partners. This was shared as part of sustainability best practices to the 3rd batch of Engineering and Architecture students during the Sustainability Tour last October 27.

These initiatives align with many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including “SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation,” “SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities,” “SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production,” “SDG 13: Climate Action,” and “SDG 14: Life
Below Water.” SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community, including programs on Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the BikeFriendly SM initiative, in addition to its Programs on



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