The Philippines—comprised of over 7,500 islands—is the world’s third largest plastic polluter to the marine environment, contributing approximately 2.7 millions tons of plastic waste annually. Keeping waste out of the ocean is a challenge due to rising consumer consumption, dependencies on single use plastics, and ineffective waste management systems. Much of the country’s solid waste ends up in open dumping sites which allow leakage to waterways and threaten livelihoods in key sectors such as tourism and fishing.


USAID is supporting innovative approaches to solid waste management across the archipelago through its Municipal Waste Recycling Program (MRWP) and Clean Cities Blue Oceans (CCBO) initiative. To date over 188,000 individuals have benefitted from improved solid waste management services and household-level waste management practices, and grantee organizations are providing cleaner communities for approximately 1.3 million residents.

For example, in Bacolod City, USAID is reducing  plastic  packaging  from  consumer  products  by  establishing model zero-waste convenience stores where consumers can buy household products  through a dispensing system that utilizes inexpensive, reusable  containers. And in Metro Manila, another grantee organized informal waste collectors into 30 mini social enterprises to improve their operations. After only four months, members of these enterprises have increased their monthly earnings above the region’s minimum wage.


Key Statistics
3rd
Largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution
2.7
Million tons of plastic waste generated annually
20%
Plastic waste leaks into the ocean

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Bottles in Net
While CCBO is global in scope, the program will build on previous USAID recycling programs such as the Municipal Waste Recycling Program through an initial focus on key countries in Asia and Latin America.
Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Maldives, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
Providing grants and technical assistance for promising solid waste management and waste recycling efforts in urban and peri-urban areas With rapid global population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tons per year by 2025 according to the World Bank. Much of this waste…
Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
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