PET recycling initiatives in Lebanon

May 21, 2019
 recycling PET plastic waste

Shoppers in Lebanon are being encouraged to recycle their used PET plastic bottles and empty cans at Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) in supermarkets, in return for a two litre Nestlé Pure Life mineral water bottle – with the aim of cutting the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill or in the ocean.

This is part of a first-of-its-kind PET recycling initiative, ‘Protect Lebanon – Recycle Today’, which we launched together with waste management provider Averda, and Lebanese supermarket chain Spinneys in 2011 to help boost recycling in the country. In 2015, Lebanon experienced a waste crisis after a huge landfill site was closed down without a replacement being implemented in time, leading to dumping and burning waste on the streets nationwide.

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