CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — With the exponential growth in the use of electrical and electronic equipment, the generation of e-waste and its management has emerged as a formidable challenge. Global E-Waste Monitor in 2020 reported that the world generated about 53.6 million metric tons (Mt) of e-waste in 2019; a 21-percent jump from 44.4 Mt in 2014. And by 2030, the global total is projected to swell and increase to 74.7 Mt.
According to Gladys May Latiza, Public Relation Manager, SM supermalls on Tuesday said that E-waste if not correctly disposed of can release dangerous chemicals like lead, mercury, and lithium, which are not only toxic to the environment but also to humans.
“Exposure to these chemicals can also lead to life-threatening complications such as poisoning, immune system disorders, and even cancer,” Latiza added.
With this in mind, SM Malls in Bulacan are set to help the locals dispose of their e-waste responsibly through the SM Electronic Waste Collection Program. By putting up designated e-waste collection drop boxes, SM Malls in Marilao, Baliwag, Pulilan, and San Jose Del Monte hope to raise public awareness on the need to practice and responsibly manage e-waste.
Through the SM Cares Program on Environment and in support of SM Cyberzone; mall shoppers, communities, and individuals are encouraged to bring their old gadgets and other e-waste for proper disposal by accredited hazardous waste collection partners.
Acceptable electronic waste includes old or broken mobile phones, mobile phone chargers, power cords, commercial batteries, earphones/ earbuds, calculators, printer ink and toner cartridges, small gadgets, and computer wiring, among others.
Apart from the SM E-Waste Collection Program, SM’s other initiatives for the Environment in Bulacan include the Trash to Cash recycling market and annual green film festival. SM City Marilao Hypermarket is also taking the green route earnestly as it encourages shoppers to use eco or recyclable bags to minimize and soon replace the use of plastic bags.
The e-waste collection drop boxes at SM City Marilao and SM Center Pulilan are located at the IT Zone while SM City Baliwag and SM City San Jose Del Monte’s designated e-waste bin is placed in SM Cyberzone. Customers can bring their e-waste every day during mall hours at their favorite SM Mall in Bulacan. (RONDA BALITA Online)