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Razon-LED ICTSI Donating $1 Million For Pasig River Waste Collection System

Funds will be donated to a Finnish NGO working to clean up the heavily polluted river.
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Listed International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is providing $1 million (about P48 million) in funding to RiverRecycle Oy, a Finnish non-government organization that aims to pioneer a “financially-sustainable river waste collection system for the Pasig River.” 

The funds will be funneled through the ICTSI Foundation. 

The initiative involves the collection of between 20 to 700 tons of plastic waste from the river daily using a device designed by RiverRecycle. The collected plastic waste will be converted into oil before being converted back into plastic. 

“As a good corporate citizen, supporting this project with RiverRecycle is part of our commitment to environmental conservation and the welfare of our host communities along the Pasig River and the port area. We are very optimistic about the potential environmental impact of this endeavor,” said ICTSI Foundation president Christian R. Gonzales.

Part of the initiative is an awareness campaign meant “to empower local communities to adopt more responsible waste management behaviors—a key step to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic pollution.” 

"Our solution not only removes the plastic already in the rivers, but also provides sustainable waste management where it’s needed most,” said RiverRecycle Founder and CEO Anssi Mikola. “The project will take us one step closer to converting the plastic ‘waste’ problem into a circular economy model that keeps plastic in the economy and out of the environment.” 

Aside from removing waste debris, the project also intends to reduce the water hyacinths in the river, which impede the water flow. 

The Razon group is the second conglomerate to announce a serious campaign to clean up the heavily polluted waterway in the country’s capital this year. Last April, Ramon Ang and San Miguel Corp announced an initiative to remove up to 600,000 metric tons of waste from the river annually. The cleanup is part of the company’s P95 billion Pasig Rover Expressway project that will connect the east and west parts of Metro Manila.

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Last week, a study conducted by the organization The Ocean Cleanup and published in Science Advances ddeclared that the Pasig River is the most polluted and polluting river in the world, accounting for 6.4 percent of plastic entering oceans from rivers.

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