Recyclable Waste Collection App Expands Service to Muntinlupa and Las Piñas
July 29, 2021 - January 1, 2022
Trash Panda, a collection service app for recyclable waste, has expanded its service to Muntinlupa and Las Piñas, bringing its coverage to 13 cities in Metro Manila, and Cainta in Rizal.
It also rolled out a web-based app for non-Android users. (The Android app was launched this March.)
Through the service, users can book the collection of recyclable items (like plastics, paper and cardboard, metals, and used beverage cartons), track the collector’s estimated time of arrival, and earn from the sale of their items directly to recyclers. An impact tracker feature helps users view the total weight of the waste they had turned over to Trash Panda collectors for recycling and recovery.
To date, Trash Panda has at least 2,200 registered users, with a high concentration in Quezon City, Manila, Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Makati. Cities covered by the app aside from those already mentioned are: Marikina, Parañaque, Pasay, Pateros, San Juan, and Taguig.
LALAMOVE FOR RECYCLABLES
The idea for Trash Panda was based on a class project one of the co-founders had under the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science in the University of the Philippines (UP).
“Beyond the class exercise, I gradually did more research on how to make the [solid waste management assisting] system usable in real life, and even went back to school… to gain more knowledge about environmental policy, programs, and planning,” said Marie P. Sapuay, co-founder of Circula Recoon, the startup company behind the app. It was at the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning that she met her co-founder, Francis C. Dimalanta, who helped flesh out what is now Trash Panda.
The business model is similar to delivery and courier services such as Lalamove and Transportify, Ms. Sapuay told BusinessWorld in an e-mail interview.