Nestlé Waters Iran is leading the way in boosting environmental sustainability by signing a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Institute for Environmental Research at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, to reduce the impact of PET bottles.
The 12-month project will help us to understand the current PET waste landscape in Iran, before we will jointly develop an action plan with various stakeholders, such as environmental protection agencies and consumers, to improve the management, collection rates and recycling of PET waste in the country.
“We are working to bring continuous improvements to the quality and safety of our products and environmental sustainability,” explained Azhar Usman, Business Executive Officer for NW Iran.
As part of the project, we will collect data on waste quantity, capacity, capabilities and municipality plans on bottle recycling in Tehran and other cities across Iran. Our work with the Institute will also focus on the positive impact of PET bottle recycling, such as sustainability research, recycling PET, raw material supply and reducing plastic waste.
“The collaboration between this research centre and NW Iran in the field of PET recycling is encouraging,” said Dr Naddaf, Head of the Institute for Environmental Research (IER) at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS).
At the end of 12 months, we aim to highlight the current geographical distribution of PET bottle waste in the country, outline the current actions on recycling activities and include options for future collection and recycling.
NW Iran’s latest work with TUMS is part of Nestlé Iran’s 21 public environment and sustainable development commitments it made to Iranian society earlier this year.
“We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging, without negatively impacting safety, quality, consumer preference and functionality, using recycled materials where there are environmental benefits,” added Giuseppe Carella, Country Manager for Nestlé Iran.
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L-R: Dr Mahvi, Head of the Solid Waste Department at IER at TUMS; Giuseppe Carella, Nestlé Iran Country Manager; Dr Naddaf, Head of IER at TUMS; and Azhar Usman, NW Iran BEO.