Metro Manila Linis-Ganda, Inc.

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Template:Infobox Organization Metro Manila Linis Ganda, Inc. is a non-government all-women organization in the Philippines that is completely dedicated in recycling - collecting and bringing recyclable garbage like paper, plastic bottles, cans, and metals (on a house-to-house basis) back to the paper mills, plastics and glass factories, and steel mills.


Linis-Ganda is a primer in economic change and environment protection established on February 12, 1983. It has continuously encouraged households to separate their garbages, and conducts seminars among housewives and has even organized junkshops whose respective eco-aids go around town.

The organization preserves the environment by encouraging the segregation of garbage in the kitchen into: compostable, recyclable, and residual, to reduce air, water, and land pollution, reduce the demand for water and energy used in processing paper, plastics, bottles, and metals, and to save trees in the forest, oil under the sea, iron ore in the mountains, and sand on the beach.

It is the organization behind the Solid Waste Management Act that was signed into law in 2001 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

It has also printed 100,000 copies of a Manual on Solid Waste Management and has persuaded the major industries - paper, plastic, glass, and steel, to display the sources of their products.


Garbage and The Underground Economy

Linis-Ganda contributes millions of pesos the underground economy annually. Considered 3,700 eco-aides, bodega helpers and drivers who each earn at least P200.00 or P740,000.00 daily that is spent to buy rice, food and other household expenses – a perfect example of the new paradigm of eco-economy. Economic growth can not be attained without environment consideration.

In 1997, Linis-Ganda collected 69,406 ton of paper, plastic, whole and broken bottles and paid the households P95,569 tons at a cost of P132,530,500 million. In 1998, Linis-Ganda collected 78,601 tons at a cost of P105,811 million. In 1999, it was 95,569 tons at cost of P124,631 million. In 2000, it was 101,850 tons at a cost of 132,530,500 million. In 2001, 120, 162.37 tons at a cost of P157,188,155 million. In 2002, 182,051 tons at cost of P231m612 million. In 2003, 209,770 tons at a cost of P267,701,000.

Garbage and the Environment

Linis-Ganda preserves the environment because separating the garbage in the kitchen into: compostable, recyclable and residual.

  • Reduces air, water and land pollution, especially in the dumpsites.
  • Reduces the demand for water and energy used in processing paper, plastics, bottles and metals.
  • Saves the trees in the forest, the oil under the sea, iron ore in the mountains and sand on the beach.


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  • Directory of Non-Government Organizations Working on Women. Publication of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women; Copyright 2007.



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