May halaga basura! Joy Belmonte shares benefits of QC’s ‘trash to cashback’ program


Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has encouraged the public to trade in their recyclable garbage instead of throwing them away for basic commodities such as rice, eggs, and vegetables.

In partnership with the Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST), Quezon City’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) has launched a plastic waste trading program where residents can exchange their recyclables for groceries.

“The program’s main objective is to promote to our QCitizens the importance of recycling and proper waste segregation. Kapag dinala nila sa ating Trash to Cashback kiosk ang kanilang recyclable materials, pwede nila itong ipalit sa grocery,” Belmonte said.

A My Basurero Eco-Community (MBE-C) kiosk has been set up at the QC Hall Risen Garden where employees can exchange their recyclable waste (plastic, paper, and metal) to environmental points, which can also be traded into groceries. It will soon be rolled out in barangays.

Interested traders have to create and register their email to BeepXTRA Philippines, BEST’s Cashback Loyalty Platform partner, to earn EPs.

Aside from groceries, EPs can also be used in bXTRA food deliveries. A complete list of partner stores and establishments can be accessed through and