Snacks company Mondelez Philippines has forged a new partnership with social enterprise The Plastic Flamingo to collect and recycle 40 metric tons of post-consumer plastic packaging this year.
The Plastic Flamingo is a social company based in Manila that aims to tackle marine plastic pollution. It collects and recycles plastic waste before it reaches the oceans.
Started in 2020, the partnership between the two organizations has expanded from a previous 1 metric ton collection agreement to a new commitment of collecting and recycling 40 metric tons of post-consumer plastic packaging.
This translates to some 40,000 kg of waste to be collected from designated pick-up points and processed into recycled eco-lumber. The eco-lumber will be used to create disaster relief shelters or huts for use during typhoons and the like.
“Plastic is a highly efficient material for food packaging that provides the right levels of safety, quality, product protection, and preservation. Simply put, there are no available replacements for food plastic packaging yet to ensure the contents remain safe, high quality and affordable,” said Joseph Fabul, Mondelez Philippines country manager for Corporate and Government Affairs.
Through this partnership with The Plastic Flamingo, Mondelez aims to promote proper waste segregation and recycling.