In the Philippines, women are leading the way in reducing plastic waste pollution by creating circular economies where waste is used and reused as a resource. This also offsets climate change-fueling emissions. Aling Socorro is one of the Aling Tinderas–waste collection network managed by women entrepreneurs in Manila City–supported by USAID Clean Cities, Blue Ocean through grantee the Plastic Credit Exchange. In 2022, she received a redesigned manual baler fit for her height and build, which enables her to compress the plastic bottles she buys back from the community, reducing the amount of plastic waste leaking into the environment. Part of USAID's gender empowerment strategy is to ensure women can participate in the workforce without added burden.

Local Recycling Initiatives in the Philippines

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Country Philippines
Topics Green Cities, Urban

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