Round Table Discussions with MBC Members and Waste Management Enterprises

October 2022 – MBC conducted roundtable discussions to engage key stakeholders and encourage policy discussion in light of the recent passing of the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022 and the drafting of its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

On September 22, representatives from MBC members were from Alaska Milk Corporation, Ayala Land, Inc., Coca-Cola Philippines, Del Monte Pacific Limited, Globe Telecom, Inc., Jollibee Food Corporation, J&T Express Philippines, Nestlé Philippines, and Golden Arches Philippines.

During the discussion, concerns were a standardized and efficient process for achieving plastic neutrality, a conducive investment environment for recovery facilities, and alternatives to plastic and new technology. There were also suggestions to establish a comprehensive landscape map and directory of material recovery and recycling facilities, strengthen public and consumer participation, and provide access to testing and R&D facilities.

On October 18, representatives involved were from waste management enterprises such as Dewaste Solutions, Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc., Green Trident Services, Plastic Bank, Plastic Credit Exchange, The Plaf, Republik Junk, Sentinel UpCycling Technologies, and Smart Recycle PH.

Waste management enterprises raised concerns about supporting infrastructure nationwide and the segregation and logistics in landfills. Waste management enterprises also echo the need to intensify information, education, and communication initiatives that could improve public participation. The discussion brought up that an association of waste management enterprises would be helpful for the delineation of tasks, collaboration for innovative solutions, and consultation on waste-related policies.

The final draft of the IRR is yet to be released after the presentation of its draft last November 3. The Circular Economy team hopes to continue having these conversations with key stakeholders to ensure constant communication and room for feedback. Furthermore, MBC would like to submit inputs and recommendations and hopes to contribute meaningfully to shaping the Philippine regulatory environment that facilitates a circular economy and is reflective of the realities of all stakeholders.