Customers can turn their trash to cash at the Recycling Market Fair to be held on Sept. 4-5, 2009 from 8AM-2PM only at the North Transport Terminal of SM City Bacolod.

This trading activity has become a new dimension to malling in SM. All SM Supermalls nationwide hold this simultaneously every first Friday and Saturday of the month to create environmental awareness and support the Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act. 

Waste disposal is one of the Philippines’ major environmental problems... a situation attributed to the rapid growth of the population and lack of disposal sites. Thus SM aims to help in the solution of this problem by inviting the public to participate and promote recycling and proper waste management.

At the Waste Market Fair, one can transact business with recycling companies and exchange recyclable items for cash. Recyclables include items that have no value or those that are considered hazardous like polysterene, Styrofoam, cellphones and batteries.

Customers can trade their traditional and non-traditional waste items such as paper, plastic, PET bottles, tin cans, metal and cartons, while non-traditional wastes include ink cartridges, electronic wastes, computer printers, and appliances. Other disposable materials also include scrap papers and cardboard, empty ink and toner cartridge, plastic bottles and plastic scraps, used lead batteries (from cars, UPS/Voltage regulators), aluminum, tin cans, and busted rechargeable.