Coca-Cola opens PET Plastic Collection centre in Biyagama | Daily News

Coca-Cola opens PET Plastic Collection centre in Biyagama

U.V. Padmakumarasiri Honorary Member of the Council, Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha,  G.A.A.C Ganepola Chairman, Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha, Palitha Nanayakkara  Commissioner of Local Governments, Western Province, Chandrani Samarakoon  Secretary, Ministry of Local Governments Western Province and  Lakshan Madurasinghe Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka, opens the  Biyagama PET Plastic Collection Centre
U.V. Padmakumarasiri Honorary Member of the Council, Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha, G.A.A.C Ganepola Chairman, Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha, Palitha Nanayakkara Commissioner of Local Governments, Western Province, Chandrani Samarakoon Secretary, Ministry of L

In line with World Environment Day 2019 Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. (CCBSL), through funding received by The Coca-Cola Foundation, launched its first ‘Give Back Life’ PET plastic Collection Centre in Delgoda, within the Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha.

With this project ‘Give Back Life’ intensifies its efforts to promote and inculcate the sustainable habit of recycling PET plastic amongst communities, and thereby enables the Biyagama town to have all their PET plastic collected for recycling.

Polyethylene terephthalate, commonly abbreviated as PET or PETE, is any plastic with the number ‘1’ in the recycling logo on the package. It’s commonly used for water, cooking oil, dish wash, shampoo bottles, other beauty and personal care products and biscuit trays. 10 ‘Give Back Life’ PET plastic collection bins have also been strategically placed in the Biyagama town for people to use during their day-to-day life. This project is part of an overarching initiative to have 4 PET plastic Collection Centres set across the North, South, East and West of Sri Lanka to enhance Sri Lanka’s PET plastic recycling efforts.

Dhammika Wijeyasinghe Director, Environment Pollution Control and Chemical Management, Ministry of Maheweli Development and Environment addressing the gathering said, “Irresponsible disposal of plastic is causing pollution on land and in the oceans, posing a threat to flora and fauna in Sri Lanka. This project by Coca-Cola is a much needed one and we are pleased with this unique community-based initiative which will help the public get involved in recycling. Not only will this project by Coca-Cola and its partners add to people’s incomes but will ensure a cleaner environment for all.”

G.A.A.C Ganepola Chairman, Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha said, “We are grateful to Coca-Cola and its partners for choosing to establish a PET plastic collection centre first in our municipality. This enhances our efforts to collect and dispose waste in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. This Centre will support our efforts and encourage our electorate to collect PET plastic and bring it for recycling. By helping us to collect more PET plastic, Coca-Cola is supporting and driving new opportunities for our Pradeshiya Sabha staff members, particularly our Environmental Committee, Public Health Inspectors and Sanitary Workers.”

The project will enhance the capacity of the Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha to collect more PET plastic more efficiently. The selling of the PET plastic on a per KG basis provides a sustainable and additional channel of income generation for the Society of Sanitary Workers under the Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha who will manage this project. All the collected PET plastic will be recycled by Eco Spindles Pvt Ltd, to make brooms and brushes or create yarn for use in clothing and shoes.

Lakshan Madurasinghe Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. commented, “We are privileged to be able to facilitate such an important project for PET plastic recycling at our home base in Biyagama.”


 

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