Manjushree Technopack, in the business of rigid plastic packaging solutions, is now eyeing a great opportunity for plastics recycling. The company is exploring the possibility of working with brands to help them fulfil their EPR (extended producer responsibility) and create a circular economy so that the plastic waste reaching landfills is reduced drastically.
Now, in waste management, EPR is a strategy to add all of the environmental costs associated with a product throughout the product life cycle to the market price of that product.
“We produce PET, HDPE and PP bottles and containers. Each of these products are recyclable and reusable, unlike single use flexible plastics, which is predominantly what is impacting the environment. Almost 80-90 per cent of PET in India is recycled,” Sanjay Kapote, chief executive officer, Manjushree Technopack, told F&B News.
As a member of the Packaging Association for Clean Environment (PACE), an industry body representing us to the Union government, Manjushree too has been actively promoting and building dialogues on the safety and recyclability of PET, and clearing misconceptions around PET and rigid plastics in general.
Today the collection process of PET bottle waste still remains largely unorganised. We need to bring more structure to this. Led by PACE, industry leaders like Coca-Cola, Bisleri, PepsiCo, Parle Agro, Dabur India and manufacturing firms like Manjushree have come together to launch a packaging waste management entity, Karo Sambhav.
Now Karo Sambhav will work towards recycling packaging material, collection of post-consumer packaging, work across a network of recovery facilities, and converge resources currently being used by its existing members to tackle plastic packaging waste material.
“A standardised process for collection and recycling, public awareness and segregation at source will ensure that we continue to use plastics in packaging and safely,” Kapote stated.
On the efforts by Manjushree to make recyclable plastic bottles and containers, he added that it was important to differentiate between recycled and recyclable.
“All the PET, PP and HDPE bottles and containers made by us are 100 per cent recyclable. However, when it comes to making bottles and containers from recycled plastic, we have started making these with recycled plastic in varying proportions for a few customers for non-food applications,” Kapote said.
“The law of the land does not allow usage of recycled material in containers for food and beverages as of now. In fact, we are setting up our own recycling plant, where we will process plastic waste and use the recycled waste in making new bottles and containers for non-food applications. Many of our customers are very excited by this initiative of ours, and have expressed keen interest in partnering with us on the same,” he added.