Environmental and Other Programs
Environmental and Other Programs
The environmental program of San Miguel Foundation Inc. covers the protection of land, water, and air. On a smaller scale, the Foundation conducts tree-planting projects on areas identified by different San Miguel Corporation (SMC) plants. Tree-planting projects are usually scheduled to coincide with plant celebrations.
The Foundation advocates the protection of coastal waters through its Coastal Resource Management, which engages in mangrove reforestation, artificial reef installation and regeneration of marine resources. Training on waste management and donation of trash bins through plant facilities are also conducted.
Corporations that go beyond regulatory compliance are rated favorably by most government offices. They are recognized for taking proactive measures in preventing negative environmental, health and safety impacts. Recycling and recovery are key factors which cut waste disposal costs. Reducing gas emissions that contribute to global climate change also lower costs. Pollution prevention is a discipline practiced in SMC plants which eliminates the generation of waste at the source.
SMC has pioneered a number of so-called trend-setting practices in its environment program. It was the
Corporate Technical Services-Environmental Management Group (CTS-EMG) has been conducting stack emission sampling in SMC-owned plants throughout the country since 1999 even before the promulgation of the Philippine Government’s Clean Air Act (RA 8749) in 2001. The sampling measures the quality of the
The emission testing determines the compliance of a plant with the Clean Air Act. Plants which fail the test are directed to improve the quality of their emission to comply with the law. The testing carried out in the plants generates savings for the Corporation since it does not need to spend for the services of testing contractors. More importantly, it improves the performance and
Task Force Hangin
Task Force Hangin is responsible for helping plants comply with the Clean Air Act. The word “
The study enabled the Task Force to guide the plants in their compliance efforts. All SMC-owned plants are expected to institute the necessary actions congruent with the Clean Air Act.
The use of electric heaters at the Mandaue Glass Plant’s furnace reduced the consumption of bunker fuel oil and the generation of combustion flue gas.
SMC’s breweries in Mandaue, Davao
The Environmental Management System (EMS or ISO 14001) represents a universal blueprint
The principal role of an EMS Auditor is to conduct audits in plants to ensure that they satisfy all the requirements of EMS certification. The auditors undergo training with local agencies or abroad. CTS-EMG, together with the plant manager, is responsible for the implementation of the EMS in SMC’s five breweries and Mandaue Packaging Products Plant.
CTS-EMG recommends that every facility
EMS Implementation in SMPP
The EMS implementation at San Miguel Packaging Products Mandaue Plant resulted in significant savings worth P4,140,032 and minimized the use of virgin raw materials.
The plant utilizes the treated wastewater originating from the Mandaue Brewery for its production process. Part of the wastewater from the production process is recycled after undergoing oil-water separation. The water used at the cullet conveyor is also collected and reused. This scheme reduces the use of raw water and the volume of wastewater discharged to the environment.
There are other energy-reduction initiatives at the plant. An automatic shut-off controller is installed in the air-conditioning unit of the offices to cut down on power consumption. Transparent plastic roofing in the production section also improves illumination and saves energy.
The plant has a central segregation area for solid waste and used oil. Used oil collected from the oil-water separation process in wastewater and from the fuel combustion engines is reused as fuel for power generation at the power plant. Recyclable/reusable solid waste is sold to recyclers. In 2002, 12,777 metric tons of solid waste sold generated an income of P4,061,965.
Applied Color Labeling (ACL) Recovery – The previous method for dealing with misprints on bottle labels was water intensive due to the thorough washing of the bottles. To correct this, a cleaner and better technology
Mandaue Glass Plant and San Miguel Yamamura Asia scrape Applied Color Label waste from misprinted glass bottles and mix it again with virgin material. San Miguel Yamamura Ball Corporation uses water-based paint for their two-piece aluminum cans, thus eliminating
Vermicomposting of Mandaue Brewery – Vermicomposting is a method of composting where cultured worms eat and partially digest the organic material in organic solid waste. The composting site is a roofed concrete housing in a dark environment conducive to worms. The resulting product or vermicompost is made up of partially digested waste and the excreta of worms. The vermicompost is applied to a soil
Recycling Practices at Manila Plastics Plant – Recycling has been part of the Manila Plastics Plant’s regular operations for 30 years. From the very start, the plant was already recycling its in-house rejects in the form of plastic. The rejects are put through a grinding machine then added to
Crates rendered defective
The plant is on a continuous improvement journey as it studies and develops new technology for achieving the ideal shades of crate colors by adjusting pigment strength and formulation. It has gone up to 50%
Cullet Recovery at Glass Plants – Broken bottles or cullets are given a second life at the Mandaue Glass Plant, Manila Glass Plant, PrimePak, and SM Yamamura Asia Corporation, where glass bottles for beverages, liquor
Cullet recycling reduces the amount of virgin raw material used in production. Cullets contain silica, limestone, feldspar, and soda ash. The plants were able to cut down on their power consumption since cullets melt faster than raw materials. Cullet recycling also decreases the volume of glass bottles disposed to the environment.
SM Yamamura Asia Corporation also produces GLASSLite bottles that are lightweight, using less raw materials. These lightweight bottles have the same quality and strength as their heavier counterparts.
Waste Ink Reuse at San Miguel Rengo Packaging Corporation – In the printing of corrugated carton boxes, the ink formulated purposely for a specific requirement usually has leftovers, which can be used only for the same type of job. When reorders come far apart, the leftover ink is rendered useless and wasted. In March 2003, the plant developed a method to reformulate or reconstitute the leftover ink to approximate the same or a different color shade. Since mid-August 2003, the plant has reused 5,779 kg. of waste
Using Waste for Feeds – Distileria Bago, Inc. reuses its fermentation sludge for fertilizer. SMC breweries also have a recovery system where spent grain and bagasse from the production process are collected and used for fertilizer by B-Meg.
Coca-Cola’s “Mission P.E.T.” – Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. established the groundwork for this project as early as 1999. The acronym PET stands for Pinoy Environment Team. The project promotes the recognition, collection, segregation
CCBPI set up recovery centers in selected supermarkets to rescue post-consumer PET soft drink bottles with monetary value to encourage consumers to participate in the collection. The project’s continuing implementation has proven to be a viable contribution towards the reduction of the solid waste volume. At the same time,
Project Blue Sky
SMC’s Polo Brewery pioneered the anti-smoke belching campaign within its premises by requiring all vehicles entering the plant to submit a certificate of compliance (COC). This initiative by a private company preceded the
CTS-EMG organizes the quarterly Environmental Forum, which started in 1998. The forum is designed for SMC staff responsible for pollution management and control, particularly the Pollution Control Officer. Its purpose is to broaden knowledge of environmental laws, technology updates, waste management, and operation of waste treatment facilities.
This project includes relief distribution to
San Miguel Business Units play an active role as well as the employees who answer the call for
Local Consumer Activities
These are Marketing and Sales projects to support their operation either in areas where SMC have a stronghold or in areas where they want to establish their position.