Tetra Pak Signs Recycling Agreement With Onward Paper Mill
Tetra Pak West Africa has signed a recycling agreement with Onward paper Mill to develop sustainable recycling solutions for post-consumer beverage cartons in Nigeria.
The agreement, its first in West Africa aims to build Tetra Pak’s sustainability effort to drive recycling and proper management on Used Beverage Cartons (UBC), educate the public on waste management while supporting local regulations and responding to customer demands.
“At Tetra Pak, Sustainability has long been at the heart of our business strategy and our operations both globally and locally, said Aruna Oshiokamele, Managing Director, Tetra Pak West Africa.
He added, “Our approach to sustainability encompasses our entire value chain – including the environmental, social, and economic challenges we face. From our School Feeding Programmes to our circular economy commitments, to our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, we constantly strive towards safeguarding our own employees and supporting communities where we operate and protecting the future of our planet and the long-term success of our customers.”
Oshiokamele continued, “We protect our planet by contributing to the circular economy in recycling all packaging materials collected. Through our efforts, we have helped to grow the number of facilities that recycle cartons from 40 in 2002 to 170 today, globally.”
Onward was established in 1953 initially as a paper trading Company that evolved into Onward Paper Mill Ltd., the first indigenous paper converter in 1972 producing exercise books and other quality paper products and continues to be at the forefront of paper conversion by investing in sustainable technology and innovation.
This has led to the present partnership to recycle Used Beverage Cartons (UBC) for use as a base raw material in paper production.
Onward Paper Mill has an annual production capacity of 20,000 tonnes of paper, boards, and tissue products.
“This partnership will focus on reducing the presence of UBC in landfill and other waste dumps by engaging in public awareness and supporting the targeted collection of UBC from the consuming public through various campaigns and initiatives in schools and communities. We pleased to be able to kickstart this partnership with this signing, said Mr. Kunle Obagun, Executive Chairman Onward Paper Mill Ltd.