HANOI – Tetra Pak, on November 9, cooperated with the Hanoi departments of Natural Resources & Environment and Education & Training, Lagom and PRO Vietnam to launch a carton collecting competition for students in primary schools and kindergartens aimed at encouraging schoolchildren, teachers and parents to segregate and collect used cartons at home and school to protect the environment.
The competition launched by the Swedish food processing and packaging solution provider, is part of the School Recycling program initiated in Hanoi City.
Participating schools can choose to participate in any of Tetra Pak’s three contests from November 2020 to the end of January 2021, including “Top carton collector”, “Most clean & tidy used beverage carton corner” and “Most inspirational speaker.”
The School Recycling program has helped inculcate the habit of waste separation at school among some 800,000 students.
“We expect schoolchildren to form this good habit at home as well. The carton collecting competition will offer teachers and parents a unique opportunity to encourage schoolchildren to practice carton separation at home and bring them to schools for collecting and recycling,” noted Ly Quynh Trang, director of sustainability at Tetra Pak Vietnam.
The competition will divide participating schools into five groups based on the number of their pupils to ensure schools of the same scale are in the same group.
Automatic water purifiers sponsored by Tetra Pak and the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) will be presented to winners of the competition as prizes so that schoolchildren can have access to safe and clean drinking water during their time at school.
“We highly appreciate Tetra Pak’s School Recycling program as an effective model to reduce the impact of used packages on the ecological environment. PRO Viet Nam is committed to supporting Tetra Pak in expanding this program to more schools and cities in the upcoming years,” stated Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, chairman of PRO Vietnam.
Tetra Pak has implemented the School Recycling program since the school year of 2019-2020, collecting up to 290 tons of used cartons in 2019.
Apart from the School Recycling program, Tetra Pak is accelerating its collecting and recycling initiatives in Vietnam. The company is actively engaged with social businesses, environment and community organizations and retailers to expand its chain of public drop-off stations from 30 in 2019 to 56 now. The collection stations will pave the way for consumers to easily bring used cartons for recycling.
By Van Ly