Property giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) has invested in the first two of what could be a string of processing plants or “ecohubs” that convert plastic waste collected from the group’s various real estate and construction projects into raw materials for bricks and other building materials.
The first ecohub opened in March last year at ALI’s Arca South estate in Taguig. The second one opened at its Lio ecotourism estate in Palawan in the last quarter of 2019.
Since their opening, the ecohubs have so far collected a total of 42 tons of plastic waste and produced a total of 139,000 products.
These ecohubs are meant to “demonstrate a circular economy model for Ayala Land, using and processing clean and dry plastic discards,” ALI vice president Manny Blas told Inquirer.
“Our objective is to treat waste, particularly plastics, as a resource to primarily keep them from ending up in landfills and oceans. Clean and dry plastic wastes are collected from Ayala Land projects and turned into materials—ecobricks, ecocasts, ecopavers—that can be used in construction,” Blas said