Unilever Bangladesh Ltd (UBL) and CIRCULAR, a social purpose-driven organization involved in plastic waste management, joined hands to collect 1,000 tonnes of plastic from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, in the next year. The plastic wastes (flexible, single-use, and rigid) will be collected from the two city corporations of Dhaka from June 2022 to May 2023, Unilever said in a statement. The article contains Unilever Will Collect 1,000 Tonnes of Plastic.
According to World Bank data, less than one-third (30 percent) of the plastic waste produced in Bangladesh is collected, and only 37 percent of the collected plastic waste is recycled, while the remaining is landfilled, among which an estimated 24,032–36,047 tonnes are dumped in the river system. To prevent this environmental catastrophe caused by plastic waste pollution, Unilever Bangladesh believes it is essential to build a sustainable circular loop that contributes to the circular economy and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
UBL, the country’s oldest and largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company, has built multi-stakeholder models with diversified partners to collect 10,000 tonnes of plastic from the environment by 2023. Therefore, the latest plastic collection collaboration with CIRCULAR is a testament to its continuous progression towards UBL’s commitment to improving the health of the planet and the environment by collecting more plastics.
In 2021, UBL launched the biggest municipal-backed plastic waste collection project in Bangladesh in collaboration with Narayanganj City Corporation and UNDP. In addition, Unilever, in partnership with CIRCULAR, will work on building a sustainable and equitable reverse supply chain for the recovery of all kinds of post-consumed plastics waste. Mr. Zaved Akhtar, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited, said: “Our value is to do business sustainably and leave behind a thriving world for future generations.”
“We want to ensure that plastic stays in the economy and out of the environment. As a responsible company, we are committed to playing our part. However, plastic pollution is too big for us to solve alone. We believe this is a collective responsibility, and each stakeholder needs to play an active role,” he said.
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