Megawide donates waiting sheds

Published October 12, 2020, 6:00 AM

by James A. Loyola

Megawide Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Megawide Construction Corporation, is donating waiting sheds made of recycled concrete materials in Taytay, Rizal.

In the firm said this project, which is in pursuit of its advocacy of sustainable community building is being undertaken with Green Antz Builders and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Taytay, Rizal. 

Waiting sheds located along the streets of Kalayaan Park and Club Manila East road will be made of recycled concrete materials from Megawide’s Taytay precast and batching plants. The locations were identified together with the Taytay LGU.

“Megawide partnered with Green Antz to introduce innovations that can help reduce industrial waste.

This waiting shed project was able to recycle two tons of concrete waste from our plants and divert 100 kilos of plastic wastes from communities that could have ended up in a landfill,” Megawide Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs Jason Torres said.

Torres noted that project was well received by the local government of Taytay as it not only helps Taytay commuters but also educates the public and the LGU’s industrial stakeholders about the value of recycling. 

Green Antz used Megawide’s concrete wastes to produce recycled products such as Eco Bricks and Eco Cast for the pillars of the waiting sheds and Eco Boards for the benches.

The Eco Bricks and Eco Casts are composed of sand, cement, and construction debris while the Eco Boards are composed of 20 percent upcycled plastic bottles and other plastic wastes.  

“The construction debris from Megawide replaced 100 percent of the gravel that were supposed to be used to construct the waiting sheds. As each shed used 1,000 kilogram or about one ton of construction debris, we were able to recycle two tons of concrete in this project,” Engr. Rommel Benig, Co-Founder and President of Green Antz said. 

Apart from waste diversion, the project also demonstrated “urban mining” practices which reduces the amount of gravel being sourced from the environment.  “With the use of concrete and plastic wastes as valuable resources that form eco-bricks and eco-casts, we able to give these materials a ‘second life’ to become innovative products that are superior, eco-friendly, and cost-effective,” Benig said.