Nestlé Việt Nam and Packaging Recycling Alliance - PRO VIETNAM
Nestlé Việt Nam and La Vie sign a partnership with seven other companies to establish a not-for-profit Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) to support the growth of a strong, resilient domestic packaging collection and recycling ecosystem.
PRO Vietnam’s ambition is that, by 2030, all packaging materials put into the market by its participating members shall be collected for recycling.
An alliance from nine leading companies in consumer goods and packaging with the same desire to contribute to a green, clean and beautiful Việt Nam by promoting a circulatory economic model, making the process of collecting and recycling product packaging more accessible and more sustainable.
This is an important pillar in the 3R principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). To achieve this goal, Nestlé Việt Nam, La Vie and other companies in the alliance joined hands to discuss, agree and co-organise the signing ceremony to establish the Việt Nam Packaging Recycling Alliance (PRO Vietnam) in HCM City on June 21.
The establishment of the coalition stems from a worrying situation; the amount of solid urben waste in Việt Nam is expected to increase by 38 per cent from 11.6 million tonnes in 2016 to 15.9 million tonnes in 2030. Currently, Việt Nam is one of world’s top five countries for the amount of plastic waste discharged into the oceans, equivalent to 280,000 tonnes per year.
Data on trade transactions has shown that until recently, Việt Nam still relied heavily on imports of plastic and paper scraps as a raw material for the recycling industry. With the increase in the amount of waste, the challenge from packaging waste will become more serious if there is no joint Government-private intervention. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an ecosystem that collects and reprocesses packaging sufficiently enough to help increase recycling rates and minimise the packaging discarded into the environment.
One of the founding members of Việt Nam Packaging Recycling Alliance (PRO Vietnam) - Mr. Ganesan Ampalavanar, Managing Director of Nestlé Việt Nam, shared: “Achieving a balance of recycling requires a lot of effort from the parties and is a long way. The contribution of nine companies is the first step to this long journey. We hope all companies in Việt Nam, not only multinational companies, large-scale companies, but even the smallest companies like grocery stores or restaurants, can join this programme. When everyone joins, we will create a big wave spreading in the community, thereby building a clean, green and beautiful Việt Nam.”
On the occasion, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc sent a welcome letter and highly appreciated the initiative to establish the organisation. Phúc also asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), the Ministry of Industry and Trade, related ministries and agencies as well as local authorities to create favourable conditions for PRO Vietnam to operate effectively, improving the environment and achieving the goal of sustainable development.
In early June, Nestlé Việt Nam signed a commitment to implement the target, responding to the anti- plastic waste campaign to protect the environment launched by the Prime Minister and MoNRE. This is one of a series of activities to respond to the Month of Action for the environment that the company actively participated in.
Before being a founding member of PRO Vietnam, Nestlé Việt Nam also has a longer-term ambition to stop plastic leakage into the environment and the involvement is expected to further accelerate the efforts to realize this ambition.
Nestlé Việt Nam has participated in a series of specific activities, including the signing of commitments to carry out a series of major initiatives and steps including: By 2025, Nestlé's commitment to 100 per cent recyclable and reusable packaging ; 100 per cent of waste from factories to be collected and classified at source; 100 per cent to achieve zero waste to landfill and actively respond to the single use plastic and non – biodegradable nylon waste collection movement at the unit.
Calling for society to join hands in the fight against plastic waste at the National Launching Ceremony of Plastic Waste Prevention Movement of MoNRE, PM Phúc also appreciated models, ideas and practical actions to solve the problem of plastic waste, minimise waste classification, reuse and recycle waste from organisations and social communities, and handed over the Alliance Member Certification against waste plastic to Nestlé Việt Nam.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc hands over the Alliance Member Certification to representatives of Nestlé Việt Nam.
Swiss-based Nestlé Việt Nam is committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, listed in top ten sustainable companies with a long-term vision to the country’s sustainable and inclusive development.