The Ayala project

MANILA, Philippines — Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) bagged gold for its “Circular Waste Management Program” at the 18th Annual International Business Awards. Also known as the Stevie Awards, it is a premier business award program that recognizes the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

ALI’s unique circular economy model established a process in which waste materials such as plastics were given alternative destinations for recycling and reprocessing.

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From tons of plastic waste to building bricks

Despite the pandemic, ALI was able to collect some 28 metric tons of plastic waste—a total of 2.8 million plastic water bottles—enough to fill up 73 basketball courts.

ALI partnered with Green Antz Builders, an innovative environmental solutions company, which converts dry plastic waste into eco-products using its proprietary technology that mixes plastic with cement and other materials to form durable construction materials such as bricks, pavers and casts. These are now being used in Ayala Land estates and sites as pathways, fences and sidewalks.

Anna Maria Gonzales, sustainability manager at Ayala Land, said this “circular approach” to waste management has been applied in the company since March 2019.