Bidco Moves Towards Eliminating Unnecessary Plastic Bottles Within Value Chain

In efforts to support environmental conservation, edible oil manufacturer Bidco Africa Ltd and Bidcoro Africa Limited are working on a programme to eliminate the usage of some plastic bottles within their value chain. Bidco Africa’s Group Director, Chris Diaz said the strategy aims to eliminate unnecessary plastics and at the same time improve recyclability. He said the programme is in line with this year’s World Environment Day that focuses on offering solutions to plastic pollution to effectively conserve the environment. Speaking at Mang’u High School in Kiambu County, Diaz said they are working on eliminating top seals on water products as well as introducing a new look eco-friendly water bottle and that gradually, they will eliminate the unnecessary plastics in their value chain. ‘Bidco’s Circular Economy focuses on elimination of top seals on water products to the new look Planet Aqua water bottle and adopting new light weight packaging technology,’ Diaz said. Bidcoro’s Chief Operating Officer Mads Burmester highlighted the need for recycling plastic bottles to effectively conserve the environment. He explained that out of the 400 million tonnes of plastic that is produced annually with 40% of that being single-use, less than 10% of that is recycled. He said the statistics show that most of the plastic bottles produced are not recycled and end up making the environment look dirty. ‘The problem is that we don’t recycle the plastic bottles and we need to start now and this will help in building a pollution free planet,’ said Mads. He cited the company’s SunTop brand that he said they have launched a 250 ml SunTop juice in tetra pack with a paper straw in their journey to eliminate plastics. This comes as the country is gearing at beating plastic pollution with the launch of design guidelines for the recyclability of plastic packaging. Guidelines have been developed to ensure that 100 per cent of plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable in the country by 2030.

Source: Kenya News Agency