Volunteers from Tetra Pak took to the streets in Pinetown and Kempton Park on June 5 and June 7, respectively, to clean up trash and the company donated hundreds of litres of milk, which will be used in food parcels for needy families, and juices, for aftercare children.
Rubbish from the streets was sent to recycling facilities, an initiative Tetra Pak supports in South Africa as part of its sustainability drive.
“Our volunteers cleaned up Blair Road outside Tetra Pak’s factory in Pinetown,” says Agripa Munyai, circular economy expert at Tetra Pak East and South Africa. “Volunteers from our head office in Kempton Park cleaned up the streets around MES, an NGO that subsidises a bed, shower, and a meal for homeless men and women, which also provides food parcels to needy families in the area, and offers a day care facility for kids whose parents work but cannot afford help. It’s a place that helps people restore their dignity by nurturing positive values and helping them develop their potential.”
MES recycles trash for cash and last year collected 94 tonnes.
Tetra Pak supports local recycling of carton packaging waste with both Gayatri Paper Mills and Mpact Recycling having the capabilities to recycle Tetra Pak carton packs locally. Tetra Pak signed an agreement with Gayatri in 2011 and Mpact in 2016. Since then thousands of tonnes of carton packaging waste has been recycled locally.