Coca-Cola supports Waste Management at Chitwan National Park, Nepal
"Coca-Cola in Nepal handed over PETbottle Collection Bins to Chitwan National Park."
Giving continuation to the initiative of keeping Chitwan National park as the Country’s first plastic-free protected area, Bottlers Nepal (Terai) Limited(authorized Bottler of The Coca-Cola Company) extended support with 25 large PET bottle collection bins to the Chitwan National Park authority, in close coordination with WWF Nepal. The initiative was started in January 2019 led by the Ministry of Forests and Environment, implemented by Chitwan National Park with the support of Nepal Army, WWF Nepal, Himalayan Climate Initiative, Coca-Cola in Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, local buffer zone communities and tourism entrepreneurs.
PET bottles from several locations of the National Park are regularly collected through Coca-Cola Nepal’s Sustainability initiation, ‘Recycler Saathi’, which works specifically towards ethical and legal recycling of used PET bottles. The initiative is led by Coca-Cola Nepal’s Sustainability partner Creasion and aims at supporting the waste management
practice in Nepal.
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The Coca-Cola Company through its World Without Waste vision has pledged to collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging worldwide by 2030 and as part of the commitment in the Country, Coca Cola in Nepal has partnered with Himalayan Climate Initiative and Creasion to set up 2 PET bottle collection facilities for recycling, in Kathmandu & Bharatpur respectively.
Mr. Narayan Rupakheti, Chief Warden of Chitwan National Park said, “Chitwan National Park is the pride of the country,a World Heritage Site with a diverse number of wild animals and birds. This joint effort will help the Wild Life and Nature Conservation. Our aim is to lead by example in keeping the natural habitat of the Country pristine.”
Mr. Pradip Pandey, Managing Director of Bottlers Nepal Limited and CEO of Bottlers Nepal (Terai) Limited shared, “We believe that taking better care of the environment through responsible practices is business as usual for us. Bottlers Nepal (Terai) Limited is proud to be a part of the initiative and would like to thank the Government of Nepal and our partners for the ongoing collaboration. We strongly believe that working together is a better way of solving problems and hope to continue being a part of impactful programs that stimulates the circular economy approach and contributes towards a clean Nation.”
"Complementing global initiatives to beat waste pollution, Nepal declared Chitwan National Park a plastic-free zone in 2019. Efforts should now be directed towards scaling up these initiatives to other national parks. Waste management; particularly the issue of dumping in rivers upstream of national parks, warrants urgent action from concerned authorities” said Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Country Representative WWF Nepal"
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