Did you know that the Philippines accounts for 80% of the world’s ocean plastic pollution? In 2021, Scientific advances published a study that showed 4,820 rivers in the Philippines emit plastic waste into the ocean.
That sounds pretty grim, but the fact is that the Philippines produces 2 billion kilograms of plastic every year. Calculated, this could amount to PHP 24 billion (or around $ 480 million) per year. To address this problem, Benjoe Vidal developed TrashCash To help Filipinos properly separate and dispose of plastic. Instead of ending up plastic waste in the oceans, this app aims to encourage people to recycle for profit.
Recycle and earn
TrashCash uses your smartphone’s camera to scan and identify plastic materials. This AI feature can help categorize trash for segregation and provide information about the value of the plastic.
As soon as the users have finished separating the plastic waste with TrashCash, they can take their waste to the nearest collection point and collect “Trashpoints”. These points can be used to redeem affiliate business rewards for items such as groceries, coffee, and even credits.
For those who do not have a mobile phone at hand and cannot download TrashCash, interested parties can still take part by going to the drop-off points and showing their valid ID. This is used to generate a QR code that the person can still use to collect points if they bring their plastic waste with them.
OneNews could interview Vidal expressed his hope that more local government units (LGU) will adopt the app. In this way, the LGUs can also help with the implementation of plastic separation. The more partnerships they can enter into with LGUs, the more communities can benefit from them. The more plastic waste that is recycled – like portable chargers and bicycles – the healthier the environment becomes.
TrashCash is currently being rolled out in a district in Manila, but hopefully it will be more widespread for Filipinos to practice sustainable living. For now, the app is available for Android.
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Image credit: The Feature image was taken from OCG is saving the ocean. All other images are the property of TrashCash and have been made available to the press.
Sources: Scientific advances / Nina Angela Cruz (OneNews)
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