Ayala Land and AREIT Partner with Prime Waste for Sustainable Waste Management in Cebu

Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and its real estate investment trust AREIT Inc. have teamed up with Prime Integrated Waste Solutions, Inc. (PWS) in Cebu City to transform waste management practices. This collaboration aims to recover 80% to 90% of solid waste from eight office buildings using advanced segregation and treatment methods.

Partnership for sustainability

Carol Mills, President of AREIT and Head of Ayala Land Offices, emphasized the significance of the collaboration: “Our partnership with Prime Waste Cebu represents a pivotal milestone in our sustainability journey. By adopting cutting-edge waste management technologies, we are not only mitigating our environmental footprint but also setting new benchmarks for the industry.”

Cara Peralta, Prime Infra’s Market Sector Lead for Waste, echoed her enthusiasm for the collaboration with ALI and AREIT, as it showcases a shared commitment to pioneering waste management solutions, promoting cleaner, more sustainable future. It also underscores ALI’s leadership in driving transformation and reinforces its commitment to sustainability.

Driving force of environmental innovation

Ayala Land’s sustainability efforts extend beyond waste management, with innovative projects converting plastic waste into valuable construction materials such as brick pavers, fencing materials, plastic pallets, and low-carbon concrete. In 2023 alone, these initiatives diverted 359 tons of plastic waste from landfills, demonstrating their commitment to circular economy principles.

L-R: Prime Infra’s Market Sector Lead for Waste Cara Peralta, Prime Infra Chief Finance Officer Sandy Alipio, Prime Infra President and CEO Guillaume Lucci, Ayala Land Senior Vice-President, Leasing and Hospitality Head Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land Chief Sustainability Officer Robert Lao, and AREIT President and Ayala Land Offices Head Carol Mills during the ceremonial signing last June 26, 2024 in Makati

Guillaume Lucci, President and CEO of Prime Infra, emphasized the transformative potential of such initiatives driven by forward-thinking innovators committed to reducing methane emissions and advancing sustainable waste solutions.

Technology for better ecology

Robert Lao, Chief Sustainability Officer of Ayala Land, highlighted the broader impact of the initiative. He also shared how sustainability is ingrained in the company’s DNA and how their alliance with PWS exemplifies proactive approach to environmental stewardship foster enduring positive impacts within the communities they serves.

PWS, a subsidiary of Razon-led Prime Infra, operates the Philippines’ first two automated Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Equipped with advanaced technologies from Europe and Asia—including vibrating sieves, baler systems, magnetic separators, and air density separators—the facility maximizes resource recovery and minimizes landfill use. Their strategic focus includes converting segregated plastic waste into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and other valuable resources.

Commitment to circular economy

“With the help of PWS’ state-of-the-art facility in Cebu, we look forward to reducing 80% of the waste generated by our Cebu office portfolio by year-end,” said Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land Senior Vice-President, Leasing and Hospitality Head. The effort secures ALI as the largest office portfolio with a circular economy approach, diverting 359 tons of waste from landfills in the area.

Plans are underway to replicate their success with additional facilities in Luzon, Ayala Land, AREIT, and Prime Infra are expanding sustainable waste management practices to other commercial properties.