Next Monday, December 7, 2020 will be the relaunching and reopening of the Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) Store located inside the QC Hall Compound. QC Hall employees and visitors may once again go to the store on weekdays from 8AM to 5PM to refill their condiment bottles and containers.
The BYOB Store is an initiative of the Quezon City Government, through its Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO), Environment Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), and in partnership with local condiment producer and manufacturer, NutriAsia. It originally launched last February 27, but had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic just two weeks after it had opened.
The first of its kind in Quezon City, the BYOB Store is a zero-waste refilling station made out of environment-friendly eco-bricks where people can take reusable bottles and containers and have them refilled at a cheaper cost with the condiments that they need at home. It first launched in Taguig in 2019 before being brought over to promote the observance of City Ordinance No. 2876, which prohibits the use and distribution of single-use plastics and other disposable materials within QC.
Thus far, a total of 235 bottles have been refilled by QCitizens at City Hall, making PhP 27,442 worth in condiment sales. More bottles to be refilled and condiment sales are expected upon the BYOB store’s relaunching. Placing the store in the city’s central hub not only draws the attention of employees and visitors but also serves as a reminder for the public to be more environmentally conscious as the Quezon City Government continues pushing toward sustainable development for the sake of the future.