Iloilo startup wins One ASEAN Impact Startup Award

Iloilo-based startup, Rezbin, has won the Impact Startup category at the One ASEAN Startup Awards 2024 preliminaries for their work on plastic waste management and disposal.

by AC Recio
Iloilo startup wins One ASEAN Impact Startup Award
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Organized by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), the One ASEAN Startup Awards aim to recognize industry innovators to foster the growth of the startup ecosystem across the region. The pre-event leg of the program was held in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), and featured 10 startup finalists from around the world who each pitched their innovative ideas.

Rezbin was chosen as the winner of the Impact Startup category for its unique approach to plastic waste disposal, earning it a USD 10,000 research fund to support their cause. The company provides plastic recovery bins to different drop-off points in Iloilo City and Pavia such as stores, barangays, schools, offices, and hotels, collecting approximately 1.5 to 2 metric tons of plastic waste weekly. The collected plastic is then turned into everyday items that can be reused such as furniture and accessories. The bins are also tagged with QR codes that link to an app which rewards people who deposit their plastic waste and practice proper waste disposal.

Iloilo startup wins One ASEAN Impact Startup Award

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Rezbin has also won the Best Tech Startup award from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region VI and Aspiring Ilonggo Entrepreneur of the Year from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Iloilo Chapter’s Ilonggo Entrepreneur Awards last year. With this most recent win, the company will be representing the Philippines in the final round of the One ASEAN Startup Awards 2024, which will be held in Laos this September.

In an interview, Rezbin Chief Operating Officer Mica Martirez shared, “What we are trying to achieve at Rezbin, as a waste management technology company, is to create the largest network of drop-off points for recyclable waste in developing countries, starting here in the Philippines, particularly in Iloilo.”

The company continues its mission to significantly reduce plastic pollution and promote environmental sustainability as it ramps up its operations and prepares for the final leg of the awards competition. Learn more about Rezbin at www.rezbin.ph and follow the One ASEAN Startup Awards news at www.eria.org.

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