14:28 | 09/11/2020 Environment
Tetra Pak – the Sweden-based food processing and package solution provider – launches a carton collecting competition for primary schools and kindergartens participating in the School Recycling Program in Hanoi. The competition is aimed at encouraging schoolchildren, teachers and parents to develop the good habit of carton segregating and collecting both at the household level and at school as an initiative to protect the environment.
In particular, participating schools can choose to participate in any of Tetra Pak’s three contests from November 2020 to the end of January 2021, including: “Top carton collector” for schools with the highest volume of cartons collected; “Most clean & tidy UBC Corner” for schools that are the most creative in folding and stacking cartons to optimize space as well as keeping their used beverage carton (UBC) corner tidy and clean to ensure hygiene for collection; “Most inspirational speaker” for primary students to speak about the importance of segregating waste at home and school.
“The School Recycling Program helps to initiate the habit of waste separation at school for roughly 800,000 pupils. We expect schoolchildren to form this good habit at home as well. The carton collecting competition offers teachers and parents a unique opportunity to encourage schoolchildren to practice carton separation at home, bringing to schools for collecting and recycling,” said Ms. Ly Quynh Trang, Director of Sustainability, Tetra Pak Vietnam.
The competition divides participating schools into five groups based on the total number of their pupils to ensure schools of the same scale will be in the same group. Therefore, the key to win “Top Carton Collector” contest will be how schools encourage pupils to bring used beverage cartons to school for collecting.
Automatic water purifiers from Tetra Pak and Packing Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) are presented to competition winners as prizes so that schoolchildren will have access to safe and clean drinking water during their school time.
“We highly appreciate Tetra Pak’s School Recycling Program as an effective model to reduce environment footprint of used packages. Under our mission of collecting and recycling used packaging, PRO Viet Nam is committed to supporting Tetra Pak in expanding this very program to more schools and cities in the upcoming years,” said Mr. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, Chairman of PRO Vietnam.
The competition is part of the School Recycling Program Tetra Pak has been implementing since the school year of 2019-2020. Participating schoolchildren are instructed on the simple steps of unfolding the four corners of used cartons, flattening them, sticking covers on carton openings and placing them into dustbins for collection. The used packages are then collected periodically to be recycled into useful products. Previously, the total volume of cartons collected in 2019 – 2020 reached up to 269 tonnes, equivalent to roughly 27 million cartons.
Apart from the School Recycling Program, Tetra Pak is accelerating its collecting and recycling initiatives in Vietnam. The company is actively engaged with social businesses, environment and community organizations and retailers to expand its chain of public drop-off stations from 30 in 2019 to reach 56 ones for the time being. The large number of collection stations will pave the way for consumers to easily bring used cartons for recycling.
Tetra Pak is among the nine founders of the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO) under the common goal of recycling all packages by PRO members by 2030.