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True Green Energy Group (TGEG) is a promoter of world power and green energy technologies. With its main office in the Philippines, TGEG combines waste management and energy development to provide environmentally-safe, sustainable solutions to governments, industries, agriculture and community developers.
How do they do all of this? By converting waste streams into valuable reusable resources and sources of renewable energy. They use a pelletizing process that converts trash into pellets. This video shows you how it’s done.
Yes. We’re talking about garbage. TGEG recycles municipal solid waste in the Philippines, an area that has some garbage problems. Landfills and open dumps, though illegal, are still common. Mismanagement of waste has some serious environmental effects, causing ground and surface water contamination, local flooding, air pollution, exposure to toxins, and the spread of disease. Plus, most of the disposal sites contain infectious material, therefore threatening the health of sanitation workers and garbage-pickers.
While reducing waste in the area certainly improves lives, TGEG takes these efforts a step further. A large part of the population in the Philippines is unemployed and does not have legitimate housing. Richard Milne, who handles sales, education and promotion for the company, tells me they’re giving jobs to the “garbage divers” in the area on the condition that their children go to school. They’re also providing low cost, environmental friendly housing for the workers that are employed at their facilities.
TGEG’s company motto is: “Doing the Right Thing!” Stephen Lyon, a Senior Advisor and TGEG Company Partner, says their local saying is “mabait,” which means “be helpful.”
TGEG has some big strategic goals that involve expanding their global reach. A letter from the company explains, “We provide international direction, coordination and expertise in the areas of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Sustainability and Climate Change. By initiating national and international outreach about going green, we create a global community that assists leaders into making the right decisions.” Their goal is to ” help solve our environmental challenges, while building one of the largest renewable energy based Power Company’s on the planet.”
There’s a lot more information on their website. I encourage you to take a look. Talking with Stephen over the phone, I could tell they are passionate about what they do and truly want to “do the right thing” for a more sustainable way of life on a global level.