The Carton Collecting Competition helps to double the cartons collected

16:46 | 07/01/2021 Environment

The seperation of used cartons for recycling at Hanoi’s schools and households are demonstrating positive impacts. Only in the two last months of 2020, the number of used cartons collected has been twice as many as of the  previous two months, approaching 125 tonnes.

This very result is achieved partially thanks to the “Carton collecting competition” that has been launched in November 2020 with the aim of encouraging nearly one million primary school students and parents to separate their school and household waste.

The “Carton collecting competition” was launched in early November 2020 by Tetra Pak, in collaboration with Hanoi Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education and Training as part of the School Recycling Program implemented by Tetra Pak in Hanoi for the past two years.

In particular, the “Top Carton Collector” contest outstands in terms of the number of participating schools. Top schools in the five groups (based on the total number of their pupils to ensure schools of the same scale will be in the same group), on average, collect from approximately 200kg to more than 780kg of cartons. Some of top collectors include Kim Chung, Tan Mai, Ngoc Hoa primary schools, and Son Ca, Thinh Liet, Hoa My kindergartens, etc.

the carton collecting competition helps to double the cartons collected
A large number of students at primary schools and kindergartens in Hanoi participate in the “Carton collecting competition” organized by Tetra Pak

In addition, the other two contests including “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 and the contest of “Most inspirational speaker” for primary students to speak about the importance of segregating waste at home and school also capture school children’s interest.

“Our goal upon launching this competiton is to instill the habit of waste separation at home and school, and at the same time to improve pupils’ environmental awareness. We are delighted at the initial results of the competition, which has successfully collected 125 tonnes of used cartons in less than two months, twice as many as the number of cartons collected in the previous months. This is an evidental proof that the the competition is expanding its impacts and we hope that students, parents and teachers will keep engaged in this meaningful activity” said Ms. Ly Quynh Trang, Director of Sustainability, Tetra Pak Vietnam.

100 percent of used cartons collected from the competiton will be transported to Dong Tien Package and Paper Factory for recycling into other useful products such as eco-roofing, notebooks, paper bags, etc. Competiton winners are presented automatic water purifiers as prizes by Tetra Pak.

In less than two months of implementation, the contest has collected 125 tonnes of used cartons

The competiton is a part of the School Recycling Program in Hanoi and lasts until the end of January 2021. Details of the contest can be found at www.

Nguyen Huong