WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with a beverage company, was officially informed for the first time with dealers and waste resellers, with a holistic approach aimed at helping key stakeholders create a “waste-free Pakistan”.
In this regard, WWF-Pakistan is conducting an exploratory study on the consumption, collection and disposal pattern of PET bottles, and quantifies the amount of recycled PET. The level of public awareness of plastic pollution will be analyzed simultaneously.
In accordance with this study, two interactive stakeholder workshops were held in Karachi and Lahore this week with the aim of strengthening the cohesion between traffickers, scrap dealers and waste pickers in the formal and informal sectors. The goal is to identify gaps while improving the efficiency of collection and recycling. This series of workshops will create awareness on the issue of plastic pollution among communities and educational institutes.
Globally, 8 million tons of plastic are disposed of each year in the oceans. In addition, Pakistan is the second largest domestic plastics market in Southeast Asia, after India, and has an average annual growth rate of 15%.
At the workshop, WWF-Pakistan Energy and Water Climate Director Dr Masood Arshad said,
“It is crucial to start focusing on post-consumer packaging and recycling. Therefore, it’s immensely important for companies in the public sector, private sector and formal and informal waste sector to collaborate and work together in pursuance of this aim.”
The session ended with a discussion with scrap dealers and collectors to understand their concerns and to establish actions for the next step in developing relationships with them.
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17 November, 2019