Nestlé to make Hunza clean, recycle 220,000 kgs of plastic waste

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 Nestlé Pakistan, District Council Hunza,
Gilgit Baltistan Waste Management Company (GBWMC) and Karakoram Area
Development Organization (KADO) have signed an MOU for “Clean Hunza Project”.
The project is supported by the company’s NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS and NESTLÉ PURE
LIFE brands.

“Clean Hunza
Project” shall focus on infra structure development for a waste segregation,
management and recycling system for Hunza – a popular tourist destination –
with District Council Hunza, GBWMC and support from KADO for raising awareness
in the communities.

The
collective action initiative will encourage waste management of 150,000 kgs of
plastics annually in Phase I, followed by collection of 50,000 kgs paper
packaging (used beverage cartons) in Phase II in the area with an increase of
10% annually.

The
Project’s focus shall be on the segregation of Plastics and paper packaging at
the waste site which, after the compressing and bailing process, shall be
brought down the country for recycling. Nestlé Pakistan shall provide a
compressing and bailing unit to the Hunza district government. The company will
also be distributing 10,000 reusable bags in the community during 2020 as part
of the project. KADO will extend support for different community awareness
activities.

Waqar Ahmad,
Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan, while highlighting the company’s
global commitment to tackle plastic waste, said, “This project marks the
beginning of Nestlé Pakistan’s journey to reduce the environmental impact of
plastic packaging by improving the management and recycling of various kinds of
plastic packaging, in line with UN SDGs. Globally we aim to make 100% of our
packaging recyclable and reusable by 2025.”

He further
added, “The Clean Hunza Project is a pilot project with a focus on streamlining
the management and recycling of plastic waste, with a forecast of increasing
waste collection to 220,000 kgs by 2024. This project will result in lesser
plastic ending up in water bodies downstream.”

Commending
the cause, Babar Sahibdin, Deputy Commissioner Hunza, said, “We applaud support
from Nestlé for providing us with 10,000 reusable bags, which will create
awareness amongst the locals to stop using plastic bags and incline them
towards a more environmentally friendly solution. We appreciate Nestlé’s for
providing the Compressor, Bailing and Recycling infrastructure and capacity
building of our staff on waste segregation site.”

Talking
about the initiative, Ghulam Mustafa, Chairman KADO said, “We fully support
District Government Hunza and Nestlé Pakistan partnership and are proud to
collaborate with them in reaching our shared goals.”

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