Coca-Cola Vietnam advocates for waste classification in schools in HCM City

Wednesday, Dec 06, 2023 15:15

Representatives of Coca-Cola Vietnam and HCM City at the event presenting 1,200 trash bins to more than 100 schools, educational institutions, and training agencies throughout HCM City. – Photo courtesy of Coca-Cola Vietnam

Coca-Cola Vietnam has recently contributed 1,200 trash bins, valued at over VNĐ2.3 billion (US$95,000), to more than 100 schools, educational institutions, and training agencies throughout HCM City.

This contribution, which is a part of the company’s dedication to environmental stewardship and the promotion of sustainability, marks a significant step in the company's collaboration with the city to implement environmental protection activities in schools and continue to actualise Coca-Cola’s vision of a World Without Waste.

Cao Thi Thiên Phúc, head of the Political and Ideological Department under the HCM City Department of Education and Training, said at the event: “In recent years, the city's education sector has launched numerous movements and programs to enhance environmental awareness among students and educational institutions, addressing climate change.”

By receiving the sponsorship of 1,200 trash bins from Coca-Cola Vietnam, the city hoped to encourage more businesses to join hands in protecting the environment, preserving natural resources and biodiversity, combating climate change, raising awareness and minimising the use of plastic waste in our surroundings, she said.

According to Peeyush Sharma, CEO of Coca-Cola Vietnam, in pursuit of the company’s commitment to a World Without Waste where the company aims to collect and recycle a bottle or can for each one they sell by 2030, they have not limited their efforts to sustainable packaging solutions alone.

“We have engaged in collaborations with numerous domestic and international partners to collect and recycle packaging materials,” he said. “In collaborating with the HCM City Department of Education and Training, we were delighted to partner for the cause of promoting waste segregation at its source, fostering awareness at grassroots levels, and catalysing recycling efforts, which all contribute to the advancement of a circular economy."

The event also engaged a significant number of Linh Trung Ward residents in Thủ Đức City, participating in interactive activities such as waste sorting instructions, exchanging used bottles and cans for gifts, and the installation of the VECA electronic bottle purchasing app, operating in collaboration with Coca-Cola Vietnam's sustainable development partners, VECA and Green Connect.

Coca-Cola Vietnam operates plants in HCM City, Đà Nẵng, and Hà Nội, generating 20,000 indirect jobs through its supply chain and roughly 2,000 direct jobs.

The company continuously enhances its products and offers a variety of high-quality beverages. — VNS

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