Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle, Unilever and other agreements signed to fight plastic packaging pollution!
At present, plastic waste has become the most serious pollution problem in the marine ecology and has become a recognized fact worldwide. According to the statistical models of researchers in the United States and Australia, according to the current trend, the plastics in the ocean will reach 155 million tons by 2025, and the marine ecology will suffer unprecedented damage.
In this context, in 2018, the food industry giants launched the “reduction plan”, which includes well-known companies such as Pepsi, Nestle, Danone and Unilever.
Recently, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has formed alliances with NGOs, local and global food companies, including multinational companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle, Procter & Gamble and Unilever to fight local plastic and packaging waste pollution.
The alliance, known as the Circular Economy Innovation Alliance, will run a pilot project in Abu Dhabi aimed at improving plastic waste collection. The project will study the economic and environmental impact of plastics and other types of packaging.
As part of the project, organizations, institutions, and residential communities are encouraged to provide packaging such as bottles, beverage cartons, and bags in a classified form. The project will eventually make recommendations to accelerate sustainable solutions to “optimize waste management infrastructure”.
Other participating companies include suppliers, packaging companies and retail companies such as BASF, Borouge, Tetra Pak, Majid Al Futtaim, Dow Chemical, Gulf Petrochemical Association, UAE McDonald's and UAE World Wide Fund for Nature.
“Plastic will still be an important packaging material, however, we need to ensure that any used packaging does not pollute the environment. Waste management and recycling is a complex issue that requires innovative solutions and strong partners. relationship."
“Cooperation is the key to success, and we look forward to working together to achieve sustainable solutions for future generations and to protect the environment.”
Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates, said: “The development of this pilot project is not only critical to supporting the environment, but also vital to economic goals. Our goal is to contribute to the overall well-being of the UAE. ""
Mulati Ozer, General Manager of the Middle East and Coca-Cola Middle East and North Africa, also said on behalf of the Alliance: "The goal of this alliance is consistent with the UAE's 2030 Green Agenda and the National Sustainable Consumption Program to promote Achieve sustainable management of sustainable production and consumption patterns, reduce environmental pressures and support the transition to a circular economy."
In addition to multinational companies, local food and beverage manufacturers have launched their own sustainable development projects.
Mineral water producer Agthia said earlier that their goal is to make all packaging 100% environmentally friendly and achieve zero landfill next year.
In June last year, five Wittal supermarkets in Abu Dhabi also conducted a 12-week trial that required customers to pay 0.25 Australian dollars for each disposable plastic bag.