‘Suntory PepsiCo’ joins ‘Wongpanit’ waste segregation and PET recycling

‘Suntory PepsiCo’ joins ‘Wongpanit’ waste segregation and PET recycling

Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. has joined hands with Wongpanit, recycling and garbage management industry leader, to promote waste segregation and recycling of used PET bottles Wongpanit will buy used PET bottles from Suntory PepsiCo at 1 baht/kilogram higher price than the market average.

Mr. Charonchai Salyapong, Corporate Affairs Director of Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Company Limited (SPBT), operator and distributor of beverages under Suntory and PepsiCo trademarks, said that: “Suntory PepsiCo follows its longstanding commitment in performing beverage business with focus on sustainable use of plastic. This goal corresponds with the consistent growth of PET bottle packaging that is widely popular due to its clear, clean, safe and light weight qualities as well as shock and crack resistance. Also, it can prevent permeation of oxygen and carbon dioxide and can be recycled unlimited times. PET plastic can be transformed in synthetic fiber for clothing and garment industries as well as furniture covers, carpets, filter sheets, straps and various types of packaging including food packaging.”  

“Realising the harm from the worsening man-made environmental issues, especially the plastic waste from consumption, Suntory PepsiCo joins hands with Wongpanit Garbage Recycle Separation Plant Company Limited in an attempt to promote waste segregation and recycling of PET bottles. The collaboration began in 2012 with the goal to let all Thais realise the problem and become part of the change to reduce excessive waste with the means of ‘Waste Separation for Recycling’. Under this, used packaging from PET bottles, cans and other garbage that can be recycled will enter the waste management process in a systematic way.”

“One of the schemes implemented by the two firms in raising recycling behavior is to build motivation in consumers’ minds through a price scheme. Under this scheme, the used PET bottles from “Suntory PepsiCo” will be purchased at a higher price than the market average. Wongpanit waste purchasing outlets nationwide have already announced that they will purchase PET bottles used by Pepsi, Pepsi Max Taste, Mirinda, 7 Up, goodmood, ready-to-drink Liption Tea, Aquafina drinking water and Gatorade sport drink at a price 1 Baht-higher than the market price.” Consumers can check for Wongpanit’s daily buying-selling price from www.wongpanit.com or from Wongpanit’s purchase points nationwide at its Call Center 081-887-6888.”     

Dr. Somthai Wongcharoen, founder of Wongpanit Garbage Recycle Separation Plant Company Limited, revealed that: “In 2018, Thailand produced 27.93 million tons of garbage in which around 2 million tons were plastic trash. 330,000 tons were PET bottles. Of that, 280,500 tons were white and clear plastic bottles for beverage packaging and 222,500 tons were white and blue plastic bottles. 45,900 tons were plastic film for food packaging and other packaging.”

“If serious waste segregation for recycling process is implemented in a systematic manner, it will reduce the amount of waste that needs to be buried and the possibility of leakage into the environment. PET bottles can be recycled repeatedly. It begins with the producer and continues with the consumer, the waste collector’s collection, systematic waste segregation and recycling processes of the continuing industry. It’s a form of what we call ‘the circular economy’.”

“However, many consumers do not yet realise that PET bottles can be recycled in processes that transform them into synthetic fiber that can be used in the garment industry as well as packaging. Wongpanit therefore joined hands with Suntory PepsiCo to raise consumers’ awareness that PET bottles can be purchased at quite a high price in the market. This will raise the activity in waste segregation before being fed to the recycling process in a systematic manner.”  

Dr. Somthai further revealed that: “Current recycling technology as well as cleaning and residue elimination technology in modern recycling process have advanced a great deal and are recognised for their international standard. As a result, recycled PET or rPET packaging is used widely in food and beverage industries in the US, European Union and Japan. Moreover, Thailand has implemented recycling and rPET packaging schemes for both consumption and export to many countries.”

“If Thais pay serious heed to plastic bottle segregation and recycling, plastic bottles will not be plastic waste issue ever again.”

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