Life can be a messy business. Whether you're preparing a quick dinner or spending months renovating your house, chances are there will be waste generated in the process.
Now, imagine producing and packaging a rather large amount of juice and milk, on a compound accommodating a factory, distribution center, and over 500 employees daily, without sending any waste to landfill.
Sound impossible? That’s exactly what Nestlé has committed to achieving by 2020, helping to shape a waste-free future.
We are committed to achieving zero waste to landfill by 2020. Indifferent waste management is simply not an option. We have to accelerate as a country, as a region, and collaborations are essential to achieving sustainable waste management. In Trinidad, we've been able to reduce our waste to landfill by almost 75% since 2016. This would not have been possible without key collaborations with our Farmers, Recycling Partners and Government Agencies.Denise d’Abadie, Head of Corporate Communications, Anglo-Dutch Caribbean
Collaborating to Win
For Global World Recycling Day this year, we’ve partnered with the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) Adopt A River Programme, on the 100 bins against plastic pollution project. This programme will implement recycling projects in schools and communities across the country in 2019, in order to address and improve the pollution culture locally.
Project Manager for the Adopt A River Programme, Dr. Sharda Mahabir explains “100 bins for Global Recycling Day was an initiative to encourage greater recycling. Having regular visits to rivers, I’m always bombarded by the image of too much plastic pollution in our rivers… it’s the first problem we need to address if we’re looking at our rivers.
Having 100 bins going out into public spaces is a way of changing the behaviour and the thinking, and trying to get people to relate how our plastic waste is impacting our drinking water supply. That’s why we took the time to develop this project and bring all of the partners together to implement this project. My hope is that the bins will really have an impact on changing the environmental consciousness in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Through donating 50 of the bins that will be used to collect tetra, plastic, glass and cans for recycling, we are able to upcycle our barrels by converting them to recycling bins; preventing them from becoming waste, and helping improve local waste management through recycling with iCARE.
Dale Cozier, Senior Project Manager of iCARE shares “Collaboration brings efficient use of time and resources. One of the biggest problems is the time to meet with each stakeholder on our own. Through collaborations, things get done much faster.”
(Left to Right) Ms. Nikeeta Mongroo – Nestlé Corporate Communications Digital Analyst, Mr. Dale Jaimungal – EMA Project Assistant, Dr. Sharda Mahabir – Adopt A River Project Manager, Mr. Sanjay Jagrup – HSE Manager CBTTL, Ms. Ayodale Jones, Green Fund Representative, Mr. Dale Cozier – EMA Senior Project Manager
Working on Waste
In addition to collaborations, we also drive behavior changes with employees, getting buy in through campaigns that highlight the environmental impacts of waste and subsequent actions that can decrease this. Last year, we adopted a BYOB – Bring your own Bowl/Bottle program at our canteen, which led to the removal of all single use plastic containers and cutlery, allowing our canteen to be plastic free.
Next month, we will be extending our internal recycling programme across the site, with new bins to separate waste in offices. We’ve purchased two composters as part of a project to convert food waste to fertilizer, and will continue to collaborate on projects that will drive a greener future for Trinidad and Tobago.
Globally, Nestlé and Veolia, the world’s leading resource management company, today announced their collaboration to work on waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastic material, with a particular emphasis on flexible plastic packaging. Projects will focus on eleven priority countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Read more about this here.
Our ambition is to achieve zero environmental impact in our operations by 2030.