In order to promote clean recycling of Type 5 Polypropylene (“PP”) plastic, Nestlé Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association have joint forces to implement a “Type 5 PP Plastic Recycling Campaign” in the community since 2020. Not only did the pilot campaign receive encouraging recycling results, but it also upcycled the collected Type 5 PP plastic to turn waste into resources!
The “Type 5 PP Plastic Recycling Pilot Campaign”, which is the first recycling campaign in the community focusing only on Type 5 PP plastic, has been launched in Yuen Long since August 2020, hoping to help complement the existing community recycling network that focuses more on Type 1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (“PET”) and Type 2 High-Density Polyethylene (“HDPE”) plastics. With over 30 recycling points to facilitate citizens to recycle different Type 5 PP plastic used in their daily life, such as the packaging of some Nestlé Hong Kong products and various food packaging and containers.
After its 3-year operation, the recycling network has been expanded from over 30 recycling points to 73 at present, which is over a double. It also extended from Yuen Long to cover Kowloon and Hong Kong Island as well, facilitating citizens to recycle different Type 5 PP plastic used in their daily life, such as the packaging of some Nestlé Hong Kong products and various food packaging and containers. The Recycling Campaign has collected over 3,000KG of Type 5 PP plastic so far, whose weight is equivalent to around 90,000 takeaway meal boxes. The increasing recycling amount was encouraging.
In addition to recycling, the recycling campaign also explored different possibilities of upcycling the collected plastic into different items, including eco-friendly hangers, cooler bags and storage boxes by which the waste was converted into resources and a circular life cycle for the plastic was enabled. In particular, the upcycled storage boxes have been put into use in the daily operation of Nestlé Hong Kong’s factory, practicing circular economy.
Meanwhile, the campaign organized various public education activities such as recycling days in residences, upcycling workshops, competitions, carnival, etc to uplift the residents’ environmental awareness.
In view of the wide support as well as the satisfactory outcomes, Hong Chi Association and Nestlé Hong Kong will continue the collaboration for the fourth year, with a common vision to continuously root the green awareness in a wider community through this cross-sector partnership and thus co-create a sustainable society. To enhance the recycling quality and cleanliness, this year campaign shall shift resources from inactive recycling points to new ones for better efficiency. At the same time, the campaign shall promote the growth of the community of environmental protection, with strengthened publicity and education program in collaborating residential estates, and educational outreach to schools to cultivate environmental awareness in the young generation through seminars and demonstrations, in order to strengthen the recycling power for a new page in plastic recycling in the community.
Participating Residences and Public Premises of Hong Chi x Nestlé “Type 5 PP Plastic Recycling Campaign” (by Alphabetical Order)