Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc. (EPPI) received two awards for its Waste Management System during the 2nd Zero Basura Olympics, which was held recently at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.
The Zero Basura Olympics (ZBO) for Business is held every two years to recognize innovative corporate practices for solid waste management. Conceptualized to address the solid waste problem and fast track the implementation of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (RA 9003), ZBO encourages businesses from different industries to apply conscientious and beneficial practices and incorporate the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in their waste management program.
The ZBO for Business’s awards and recognitions are given in two levels. The first is the Category Level where all company entries are qualified to join and compete for the best entry in each of five categories: Reduction, Composting/Organic Waste Conversion, Reuse/Recycling, Residual and Segregation. The second level is the Overall Level where company entries that joined all the five categories and followed the Solid Waste Management Scheme are qualified to join. The winners are awarded as Candidate Master (lowest), Master, Grand Master and Super Grand Master (highest).
Although this was the first time that EPPI joined the Zero Basura Olympics for Business, the company was hailed as the sole champion in the Residual Waste Management Category.* EPPI was also one of seven companies who received the Grand Master award.
EPPI Environment Manager Joyce Tan was proud about the award and eager to improve the company’s system. “It was truly rewarding how the efforts that we made to improve EPPI’s Solid Waste Management System was recognized; however, this is just the beginning since we need to improve more in the composting category if we are to achieve the Super Grand Master award in 2014,” Tan enthused.
* Residual Waste Management is usually done through the application of green technology, an environmental science to conserve the natural environment and resources, and to curb the negative impacts of human activities. It seeks to conserve nature and even reverse harm done to it.