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.
In view of the wide support received for the pilot campaign, Nestlé Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association expanded the campaign in mid-2021 with the recycling network extended to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island districts to reach over 50 recycling points in total. As of 30 June 2022, the campaign recycled around 2 tons of Type 5 PP plastic in its first 2 years, whose weight is equivalent to over 57,000 single-use plastic meal boxes. The “Type 5 PP Plastic Recycling Campaign” entered its 3rd year implementation since July 2022 and targeted to increase the number of recycling points to 70 in total in order to facilitate more residents.
In addition to recycling, the pilot campaign also explored different possibilities of upcycling the collected plastic into other household items. In the past two years, those collected plastic was upcycled into 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, etc to uplift the residents’ environmental awareness.
Nestlé Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association will continue to organize more public education activities, 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)