10 beverage and packaging firms join forces in recycling mission

Leading food and beverage companies based in India, including CavinKare, Dabur India, Diageo India, Halewood Laboratories, John Distilleries, Karnataka Milk Federation, Parag Milk, Radico Khaitan, Schreiber Dynamix Dairies, and Tetra Pak have come together to form the Action Alliance for Recycling Beverage Cartons (AARC), a first-of-its-kind initiative to further strengthen the end-to-end waste management ecosystem.

19 Mar 2018 | By Rahul Kumar

By engaging all stakeholders across the value chain, the alliance aims to increase recycling of used cartons from approximately 30% today to 60% by 2025.

Led by Tetra Pak, 10 industry leaders in the field of juices, dairy, pharma, liquor and packaging have come together to kickstart the alliance. More are expected to join the alliance soon.

Kandarp Singh, managing director, Tetra Pak and chairman of AARC, said, “This is the first time ever that an initiative of this nature and scale has been launched. It is a strong platform that brings the industry together with one common mission – of radically transforming the recycling landscape and positively impacting millions engaged in the waste trade. We are very grateful for the support that we have received from the industry.”

CK Mishra, secretary, ministry of environment forest and climate change, said, “Waste management is a burning issue that is best addressed through effective policy, strong implementation and a partnership approach for the long-term good of all. The government recently revamped the Waste Management Rules and introduced the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are happy to see the formation of AARC, a collaboration among industry, the waste trade, NGOs and civic society and their commitment to fulfil their mandate as responsible producers.”

Meanwhile, talking about the responsibility for waste management, Singh added, “For us, sustainability is an integral part of our brand promise, Protects What’s Good. Our cartons are fully recyclable and primarily made of paper, with 100% of the paperboard sourced from FSC-certified and other controlled sources.Over the last 15 years, Tetra Pak has successfully built up the used cartons recycling ecosystem from scratch. Our commitment to the cause has been unwavering and despite many challenges, one out of three used cartons is recycled today.”

Commander Amitabha Ray, chairman of Schreiber Dynamix Dairies and vice-chairman of AARC added, “Industry leaders have recognised the need for an organisation like AARC, as a collaborative effort to make a big impact. AARC will provide its member organisations the right platform to share responsibilities and bring maximum efficiencies to create a win-win for all: collection partners will collect more used cartons which will provide enhanced livelihoods for waste pickers; recyclers will get greater access to a valuable resource; and society will benefit by having a cleaner environment.”

Ray concluded, “Over the next few months, we will work together to design and implement a roadmap including projects, resources, partners and other finer details.”