Impulsing to packaging recycle to solve plastic waste towards sustainable development is the way that leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) corporations choose to fulfill their social responsibility as well as love and pride for the beautiful Vietnam.
Vietnam is among the top of the world in plastic consumption, with an average of about 41 kg per person each year, according to statistics of the Vietnam Plastic Association in 2019. Particularly, most of plastic waste is not collected and handled properly.
Plastic waste negatively impacts on the environment and the ecosystem. In fact, plastic bottles, plastic bags, and confectionery cases can be easily found everywhere which spreads from inner city streets to mountains and beaches and destroy natural landscapes, endanger human health and many creatures.
Raising concerns about a beautiful Vietnam being at risk of engulfed by plastic waste, leading enterprises in the FMCG sector joined hands to form the Vietnam Packaging Recycling Organization (PRO Vietnam).
“Vietnam is like home to us… “
Explaining the initiative to form an alliance to promote packaging recycling, Mr. Jeff Fielkow, General Director of Tetra Pak Vietnam Joint Stock Company said: “We consider Vietnam to be home and put an effort to form the whole country to join hands in order to build the best solutions for waste recycling”.
This explained why the message “For a green – clean – beautiful Vietnam was chose by the founding members to be the manifesto and goal for the plan of building a circular economy for the packaging industry in Vietnam
Tetra Pak is the world’s leading supplier of packaging and processing solutions, operating under the Swiss Tetra Laval Group. Since 1994, Tetra Pak has made many contributions to promoting the dairy and beverage industry and has many initiatives and projects towards sustainable development in Vietnam.
Apart from PRO Vietnam project, Tetra Pak successfully deploys many programs such as Journey to Rescue Dead Waste, School Recycling or Paper Box House with the target of increasing the rate of waste collection and recycling.
According to Mr. Fielkow, increasing the rate of waste collection will ensure enough input for the recycling plant in order to attract new investments in technology which will improve recycling process.
Recycling represents community responsibility
Agreeing with CEO Tetra Pak, Mr. Laurent Levan, President and General Director of URC Vietnam shared: “Among one of the biggest brands in Vietnam, we understand that packaging can bring convenience as well as guarantee food hygiene but also creates a burden of waste if not handled properly”.
Acknowledging its responsibility in the plastic waste crisis, Mr. Levan affirmed, PRO Vietnam wants to join hands with the community to become a part of the solutions.
URC Vietnam is a subsidiary of Universal Robina Corporation (URC), Philippines, operating in the food and beverage industry. Since 2003, URC Vietnam has always been a pioneer in the application of environmental protection solutions which range from production to consumption.
Mr. Levan said that joining PRO Vietnam, in addition to production conversion and waste collection movements, is a step in the sustainable development strategy that URC Philippines Group always pursues in years.
Accordingly, maintaining the model of sustainable development and accompanying the community to combat climate change and environmental pollution, identified by the leaders of the group, are not only a responsibility to society but also are competitive advantages which help URC build a resilient value chain and reach closer to consumers.
Replication of recycling models
In fact, in Vietnam there are many agencies operating in the field of solid waste collection and treatment, both formal and informal, but activities are still sporadic and low efficiency.
Mr. Berend Van Wel, General Director of Friesland Vietnam, said that one of PRO Vietnam’s action plans is to help existing waste collection and recycling systems operate in a more powerful and efficient procedure and to promote recycling to be replicated as much as possible.
In particular, PRO Vietnam is not a collector and recycling agency for profit, but acts as a bridge between industry, consumers, NGOs and governments at all levels.
FrieslandCampina is the leading dairy group in the world from Netherlands. Operating in Vietnam for 25 years, Friesland Campina Vietnam is the first company to receive all four international certifications, including ISO 9000: 2008 (for quality), ISO 14000: 2004 (for environment), ISO 22000. : 2005 (for food safety) and OHSAS 18001: 2007 (for occupational safety and health).
During the process of formation and development, Friesland Campina Vietnam has always maintained the goal of contributing to the sustainable development of the country, emphasizing in 3 main drivers, including Education and development of nutrition for children, Improve People’s lives, especially dairy farmers and Protect the environment.
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