Dabur, a domestic maker of everyday use and ayurvedic products, on Monday said it has become 100 per cent “plastic waste neutral”.
The company said in a statement that it is the first in the country to achieve this feat. In the financial year 2021-22, about 27,000 tonnes of used plastic waste has been collected and processed and recycled from across the country, the company added.
Dabur said, “Today, we collect and process almost all the plastic waste used in the packaging of our products in a year. Thus, we are becoming a ‘plastic waste neutral’ company.”
Terming it as a proud moment for the company, Shah Rukh A Khan, Executive Director-Operations, Dabur India said, “We collect all types of plastic waste. We have made significant progress in our environmental, social and corporate governance journey.”
Dabur surpassed the target three months ahead of schedule, Khan said.
“We work with government-registered recycling partners across the country and have taken progressive actions to reduce plastic waste in cities, town, villages, while also raising awareness about plastic waste management within the community. The collected plastic waste is being sent to different recyclers, waste-to-energy plants and cement kilns,” he added.
The company had set a target of collecting and processing 22,000 tonnes of waste from across the country as plastic waste after the products are used in the year 2021-22. However, it claims to have disposed of much more plastic waste than this.
Dabur said it has to date collected a total of over 54,000 metric tonnes of plastic waste (recyclable and non-recyclable) direct from the end-users with the help of local ragpickers in 150 cities across India.
More recently, the company announced the launch of a new Save the Environment campaign in Himachal Pradesh to create awareness within communities on managing plastic waste within their household.