Food and beverage maker Nestlé Philippines seeks to further strengthen its partnership with other private sector groups for its plastic waste collection, recycling, and recovery program to reduce plastic footprint.
Nestlé Philippines has partnered with Plastic Credit Exchange (PCEx) to gather soft plastic waste from Baseco in Tondo, Manila; Payatas in Quezon City, and Rodriguez in Rizal. The waste materials will be co-processed and diverted from the landfill.
“With plastic waste continuing to accumulate in landfills and oceans, the need for tackling plastic pollution has never been so pressing. It is an urgent priority for us and an issue we take seriously,” said Nestlé Philippines chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.
Nestlé Philippines also supports PCEx and the City government of Manila in their ‘Aling Tindera’ Waste-to-Cash program, under which sari-sari store owners can earn points from the post-consumer plastic waste they will collect and can be redeemed for cash.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said the ‘Aling Tindera’ Waste-to-Cash program aims to increase income options and opportunities for women micro-entrepreneurs, to have an organized plastic waste collection, cleaner environment and improved health for the community.
Nestlé Philippines is among the firms providing waste container vans for each participating sari-sari store as storage for the collected plastic waste.
“We are determined to look at every option to solve complex packaging challenges and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now. For our part, we at Nestlé envision a waste-free future in the face of these complex challenges. We are glad to be taking a concrete step, one among many, toward realizing that vision through our partnership with PCEx,” Marzouki said.
PCEx is a non-profit organization, an offshoot of HOPE in a Bottle, a bottled water brand that commits to give 100 percent of its profit to build public school classrooms in partnership with the Department of Education.
PCEx Founder and President Nanette Medved-Po recalled that the HOPE initiative “in a way started with Nestlé”.
“Years ago, Nestle reached out to me about projects it supports – like eco-bricks. From there, HOPE began to explore environmentally sustainable and affordable ways for companies to be responsible for their plastic footprints. In 2019, we established the Plastic Credit Exchange from what we our learned and came back to Nestlé whom we felt would be a natural partner, given our common goals for sustainability,” Medved-Po said.