Accelerates commitment to reduce usage of virgin plastic to ensure 100% recyclability and to promote systems for solid waste collection
Subang Jaya, October 7, 2021 - Nestlé Malaysia continues to make progress in its commitment to a waste-free future, expanding its Door-to-Door Collection & Recycling programme to Subang Jaya. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) marks the extension of Nestlé’s pioneering waste collection and recycling programme first launched in Petaling Jaya (PJ) in October 2020 in partnership with the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
Nestlé’s programme is a voluntary Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) initiative aimed at implementing a more effective and integrated system of solid waste management in urban areas, increasing awareness amongst the public. This will not only prevent solid waste from ending up in landfills and will help to promote a circular economy in Malaysia, in line with Nestlé’s commitment to ensure 100% of our packaging are recyclable or reusable by 2025.
The programme already provides kerbside collection for eight townships within PJ, comprising more than 20,000 households. The initiative has been recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Ministry of Environment Malaysia as a case study for success in inspiring higher recycling participation rates.
In collaboration with MBSJ, the expansion of the programme will kick off its first phase beginning with Zone 1 and 4 in Subang Jaya (USJ3, USJ 3A-3D, USJ 6 and SS12) benefitting at least 5,500 households, and aims to progressively reach up to 8,500 households involving Zone 3 and 6 by year end.
Present during the MoU signing ceremony, YDH. TPr. Hajah Noraini binti Haji Roslan, Mayor of Subang Jaya said, “Every year, Malaysia generates about 14 million tonnes of municipal solid waste, the majority of which is food and plastic waste. While MBSJ has undertaken heightened waste management efforts to increase the volume of recyclable waste collected, further action must be taken to encourage better recycling rates, particularly among households. MBSJ welcomes and is pleased with this collaborative programme in partnership with Nestlé Malaysia and KPT Recycle Sdn Bhd. We hope it will receive good feedback and support from the residents and can be expanded further to other housing areas.”
Mr Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad commented, “Improving recycling through increased waste separation and collection at the source is a key element to deliver on our sustainability commitments. We are pleased to partner with MBSJ to further widen our kerbside collection project coverage area. This will grant more residents an efficient solid waste collection system and provides with an ideal platform to educate them on how to more effectively recycle, differentiating the various types of waste. Since the programme launch in 2020, we have achieved close to 80% household participation, collecting around 600 tonnes of dry mix recyclables (DMR). This proves that with the right processes and guidance, Malaysians are most willing to engage into recycling efforts. We hope to scale up into more residential areas in line with our vision to ensure that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfills or as litter, as well as accelerate our efforts to reduce usage and dependence on virgin plastics.”
Through this programme, a dedicated collection for recyclable waste is introduced. Participating households are equipped with separate bins where collection of recyclable waste is executed on a weekly basis by project partners, KPT Recycles and Tetra Pak, ensuring a seamless process for all. The materials that will be include paper, cardboard, plastic, used beverage cartons, metal and glass, which will then be sorted into respective DMR categories at the KPT Sorting at Material Recovery Facility.
To drive new behaviour and understanding of the importance of recycling, intensive engagement and awareness building will also be carried out for the participating households, particularly the Residents Associations. This will subsequently contribute towards realising Nestlé’s target to collect approximately 50 to 60 tonnes of plastic waste per month from participating households in Subang Jaya.
About Nestlé Malaysia
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer. Headquartered in Switzerland, Nestlé is present in more than 180 countries around the world, and our over 270,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. Our performance is driven by our Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestlé has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products. We are committed to improving the lives of the communities in which we operate, whilst maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity.
This is in line with our promise of delivering GOOD FOOD, GOOD LIFE to all. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Nestle.Malaysia.
For more information, please contact:
Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad
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Alya Nurina or Yasmin Kadir
Tel: (+603) 7958 8348
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