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Coca-Cola and Doko Recyclers Place PET Collection Bins across Kathmandu; launch joint initiative to raise awareness and encourage people to consciously dispose of PET bottles


On the occasion of World Recycling Day, Coca-Cola in Nepal and Doko Recyclers announces the placement of 10 informative PET Collection Bins across the Kathmandu Valley, an initiative that commenced in August 2020 with the support of local authorities. The “Refresh & Recycle” initiative is a PET bottle collection campaign that aims to raise awareness and educate communities about giving new life to PET bottles through a recycling process. The bins were placed in populous areas where PET bottles are frequently disposed including Soyambhunath Stupa, Bouddha Stupa, Patan Hospital, Patan Dhoka, Patan Durbar Square, Tribhuvan University, and the Lalitpur Municipality Public Park. Through this initiative, consumers are encouraged to discard their PET bottles after usage in the PET collection bins whenever they are in any of these locations. It is also important for consumers to ensure that the bottles are empty, clean, and preferably crushed before disposal. More information on the proper steps of disposal and the recycling process of PET bottles have also been displayed on the bins for public awareness. Discarded PET bottles have inherent value and cannot be categorized as waste. PET plastic is safe, lightweight, economical, transparent, shapeable and 100% recyclable. The bottles from the bins are collected by Doko Recyclers every week, sorted, and then delivered to a PET recovery facility to begin the recycling process. PET materials can be recycled and manufactured into new bottles, containers and are even used for fiber applications such as clothes and carpets. Since its placements, Doko Recyclers have collected and recovered approximately 2000 PET bottles so far.