Pakistan, in collaboration with the Coca-Cola Foundation, unveiled the first-of-its-kind research report in Pakistan for the systematic planning of plastic waste systems at a special event in Islamabad on Wednesday. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul was the chief guest at the event.
This report is the result of a joint effort by Coca-Cola and the WWF-Pakistan to understand the current disposal and supply chain of plastic waste. In addition, ideas and suggestions regarding the disposal of all related to the disposal of plastic waste were highlighted.
These include gypsies, recyclers, traditional recyclers, and private waste management companies in the non-traditional sector, and domestic consumers of hotels, educational institutions, restaurants, and PET bottles in the commercial sector are Included.
In this regard, data was collected through interviews and surveys regarding the use, collection, disposal, and recycling of PET plastic waste in 10 selected cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Murree, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad. The purpose of this informative research was to provide guidance to those concerned with government and environmental policy planning so that the problem of plastic waste pollution can be more effectively addressed.
The report supports the reduction of plastic pollution caused by recycling in Pakistan and considers reusable plastics as a means of economic improvement. Mr. Naheed Shah Durrani, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Mr. Fahad Ashraf, Vice President and General Manager, Pakistan and Afghanistan Region, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Mr. Hamad Naqi Khan, CEO, WWF-Pakistan, WWF
Dr. Masood Arshad, Senior Director, Water, Food and Climate of Pakistan, representatives of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), CDA, GIZ, Federal Environmental Protection Agency, and Pakistan’s first Plastic Packaging Alliance CoRe members attended as guests. Highlighting the importance of this report, Hamad Naqi Khan, CEO of WWF-Pakistan, said, “Every year, 8 million tons of plastic is entering the oceans.
If left unchecked, the amount of plastic in the ocean is expected to exceed fishes in the ocean by 2050. We urgently need to stop plastics from entering the water everywhere, including rivers and seas. There is an urgent need to formalize plastic recycling and fill the gap between distributors and those involved in recycling so that pollution from plastics can be controlled in an environmentally friendly manner and product production can be carried out responsibly.
Speaking on the occasion, Fahad Ashraf, Vice President and General Manager, Pakistan and Afghanistan Region, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, said, Introduced a committed and solid product packaging policy entitled World Without Waste, which the company vowed to play a leading role in implementing. Under the policy, the company will support the collection and recycling of an equal number of each bottle and can be sold in the market by 2030.
In order to better deal with plastic pollution in Pakistan, it was important to understand the current scenario so that problems and opportunities can be identified and better policy can be formulated in this regard. “This groundbreaking report will be invaluable in advancing the policy of waste management and recycling under a regular policy. According to this report, Coca-Cola and WWF-Pakistan have collected and disposed of plastic waste and provided information on how to better plan.