Mondelez PH commits to collect more plastic waste

Published November 23, 2021, 2:09 PM

by Madelaine B. Miraflor

Food and snack company Mondelez Philippines has committed to collect and divert more plastic waste in 2022 as part of its sustainability efforts.

In a statement, Mondelez Philippines said it aims to collect more plastic waste next year. This, after the company was able to collect and divert a total of 172,489 kilos of plastic waste so far this year, in partnership with different organizations.

Such a move, according to the company, is in line with its 2030 commitment with Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS).

Mondelez Philippines is a member of PARMS, which is a multi-stakeholder coalition committed to achieve Zero Waste to Nature: Ambition 2030.

Zero Waste to Nature: Ambition 2030 is a declaration of commitment by global and local manufacturers, together with plastic producers, recyclers, and other members of the waste value chain, to initiate and support efforts to reduce and collect waste, in line with the 2025 sustainable packaging commitments of some global brands while adhering to science and local economics.

Mondelez Philippines said it is one with PARMS in implementing this roadmap and has signed the industry pledge to ensure that by 2030, the company can collect and divert the same amount of plastic that it uses for its products.

The company also abides by its global commitments to reduce the amount of packaging they use, to make 100 percent of its packaging recycle ready and labeled with recycling information, and to reduce virgin plastic use in rigid plastic packaging by 25 percent, or a 5 percent reduction in virgin plastic in its overall packaging.

“We recognize the responsibility that each one of us has in ensuring plastic waste does not end up in nature,” said Joseph Fabul, Corporate and Government Affairs Country Manager for Mondelez Philippines.

“For companies like ours, it means being mindful of our packaging use and supporting the collection of what we put out in the market. In 2019 we started our journey to learn how we can support waste collection, launching a project to collect just 1,000 kilos of plastic waste with the Plastic Flamingo the following year. By 2021, we have expanded this to 42,000 kilos, and have turned a part of this collected waste into recycled furniture for the use of our home city of Parañaque,” he added.

The Plastic Flamingo collects plastic waste from communities and processes them into eco lumber, shaped similarly to wood that’s used for construction, while providing livelihood for its collectors and processors. This lumber is then used to build the furniture, as well as other structures. Consumers can also buy these recycled items from the enterprise, for their home use and to fund more plastic collection. This model highlights the value that plastic has, how it can be continuously reused and does not have to end up as waste.

Mondelez Philippines is the local subsidiary of Mondelēz International, Inc., a global snack company with 2020 net revenues of approximately $27 billion. Its brands include OREO, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum.