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"Coca-Cola in Nepal held a virtual press conference to mark World Environment Day, showcasing the World Without Waste program and announcing the conclusion of the second edition of the largest mountain cleanup program in the world"
Coca-Cola in Nepal held a virtual press conference to mark World Environment Day, showcasing the World Without Waste program and announcing the conclusion of the second edition of the largest mountain cleanup program in the world, "Mountain Cleanup Campaign 2021".
We collected over 27,671 kilograms of waste, 04 dead bodies, and one human remains from six mountains. They include Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Pumori, and Ama Dablam.
Director of the Mountain Cleaning Campaign, Brigadier General Himanshu Khadka of Nepali Army, said “Mountain Cleaning Campaign – 2021, a Nepali Government initiative led by the Nepali Army,concluded successfully after retrieving 27.6 tonnes of garbage and four dead bodies fromsix different mountains, despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic and two cyclones Tauktae and Yaas. This was possible due to the unwavering support from our environmentally responsible partners. We appreciate the continued support ofCoca-Cola for the noble cause of saving the Himalayas for the future generations.”
In a campaign led by Nepal Army with Coke and other multi-stakeholders, Nepal intends to protect mountainous regions and minimize climate change by cleaning up six of the country's highest peaks. The Mountain Cleaning Program from Coca-Cola began in 2019 with the aim of protecting the environment and preserving the natural pride and beauty of Nepal.
Known as World Without Waste, Coca-Cola announced in 2018 that by 2030, it would collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging. With the Design-Collect-Partner framework, the company is trying to achieve the global vision and targets through long-term partnerships with bottling partners, the government, nongovernmental organizations, industry peers, and local communities.
Talking about the efforts made by BNL on sustainability, Mr. Pradip Pandey, Managing Director of Bottlers Nepal Ltd. shared, “In the area of waste management, we have led multiple initiatives that have provided the necessary impetus to the challenges of responsible waste management and recycling of PET bottles. Through various programs like the mountain cleaning campaign and placement of informative PET collection bins at strategic locations, we have created awareness in the community regarding waste segregation, packaging and recycling.”
Coca-Cola works hand-in-hand with local municipalities, businesses, citizens & waste pickers to emulate a multi-stakeholder approach towards finding a solution to recycle PET waste. The company has taken the lessons learnt from global initiatives targeted to create and accelerate collection and recycling systems and adapted them to the local setting in Nepal
Mr. Adarsh Avasthi, Country Director, Coca-Cola in Nepal said “Our flagship program, World Without Waste, is one of a kind in Nepal, where we are re-thinking our packaging design, innovating the way our used packaging is collected and collaborating to ensure packaging is recycled. We have partnered with industry peers, environmentalists, government, and civil society organizations to implement a plastic circular economy and promote recycling in Nepal.”
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