CCBO Launches New Capacity Building Tool for Local Governments

More than 22 million tons of plastic leak into our aquatic environment each year, the majority from land-based sources in communities and cities that aren’t able to adequately collect and manage local waste.  Local governments have an important role in providing on-the-ground services to control waste and prevent ocean plastic… Read More

U.S., CORA Launch Center to Fight Ocean Plastic Pollution in Parañaque City

On July 31, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program grantee Communities Organized for Resource Allocation (CORA) Inc. launched a plastic buying and exchange center to address ocean plastic pollution in Parañaque City. The Eco-Ikot Center serves as… Read More

USAID and Partners Award Grant to Woman Waste Collector

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program and its Women in Waste’s Economic Empowerment Activity, awarded its first business expansion grant to help a woman waste collector start her own door-to-door waste collection business. In partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, the Quezon… Read More

From the Field: Strengthening Local Waste Systems from Top to Bottom

Catholic Relief Services and their partner Caritas Pasig, Inc., have worked in the City of Manila to improve solid waste management (SWM) through a multi-pronged approach: strengthening local government capacity and planning, promoting more sustainable community practices amongst community members, and empowering waste collectors who are vital to local waste systems.  Read More