To reduce and recycle plastic waste, and bid farewell to the plastic menace, the HDFC Bank partnered Eco Spindles recently.
The programme will place plastic waste collection bins at selected HDFC Bank branches, where the bank’s customers can dispose any recyclable plastic waste such as empty PET water/ soft drink bottles, hand sanitiser/ hand wash bottles, empty plastic containers/boxes.
The ‘disposed plastic’ will then be separated and will undergo a recycling process that will result in the production of plastic – based raw materials such as bristles and yarn, ensuring customers are you disposing plastic waste in an environment-friendly manner but also are contributing towards recycling as a responsible citizen.
The inaugural ceremony and signing of the MoU were graced by the Chairman of HDFC Bank, Wasanthi Manchanayake, CEO, Palitha Gamage and Senior Management from Eco Spindles.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Anush Amarasinghe, MD/CEO, BPPL Holdings PLC said, “As Sri Lanka’s largest plastics’ recycler, we are extremely pleased to have signed an important MoU with HDFC supporting their initiative to promote environmental protection, delivering sustainable value to their customers as well as contributing to saving the planet.”
Eco Spindles (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka’s largest plastics recycler, recently concluded its 8th annual Kataragama Waste Management Project by collecting 43,590 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) waste plastic bottles discarded at the scared pilgrim sites of Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Dewalaya, Sella Kataragama Temple, Wedihiti Kanda and the surrounding areas.
The waste management project commenced on the 29th of July and concluded on 12th of August, and engaged 60 volunteers from the ‘Soba Parisara Thurunu Samjaya,’ a local youth club in the area, 20 volunteers from Eco Spindles and its project partners - the Kataragama Pradesiya Sabawa, and the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Dewalaya.
Since starting the Kataragama Waste Management Project in 2014, Eco Spindles has collected 555,990 PET plastic bottles, equivalent to 18,533 kilos to date. The project aims to educate Sri Lankans about responsible recycling, particularly those who visit Kataragama during the festival.
Further, Eco Spindles operates a network of collectors in Kataragama, who play an integral part in collecting the plastic that is discarded.The company continues to support these entrepreneurs, who have based their livelihoods and businesses on collecting plastics by buying the accumulated plastic waste.
Sri Lanka’s plastic recycling capabilities and infrastructure are set to soar with BPPL Holdings PLC, the country’s pioneer in the field, securing long-term funding of US$ 15 million from the International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) of the United States of America.
The funds raised from DFC, the development finance agency of the United States Government, will enable BPPL to expand its monofilament and polyester yarn operations, which use plastic waste as its primary raw material.
This will generate greater export earnings for Sri Lanka whilst addressing the hazardous practices of plastic disposal-one of the country’s critical environmental problems.
The new funding will be used to expand operations to double the number of PET plastic bottle collection centres and the company’s bottle washing capacity, and to enhance monofilament and polyester yarn production by 40 percent and 55 percent per annum, respectively, over the next 4-5 years.
“BPPL’s success in securing this funding from one of the world’s leading providers of development finance is a testament to our strength and stability, as well as an endorsement of our mission,” BPPL MD/CEO Dr. Anush Amarasinghe said.
The loan provided by DFC has a 10-year tenure with a three-year grace period and is subject to regulatory approvals.
BPPL Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka’s largest plastics recycler equipped with one of only two plants in the world capable of creating polyester yarn directly from recycled PET plastic flakes, was presented the First Runner-up award for companies with an annual turnover below Rs. 15 billion, at the ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2021’, concluded recently.
The annual awards organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the country’s premier business chamber, recognized sustainable champions of the local corporate world.
BPPL Holdings’ award demonstrates recognition for the company’s use of advanced sustainable technologies and practices that mitigate pollution and waste and commitment to supporting a sustainable world.
BPPL Holdings PLC has been instrumental in the manufacturing of sustainable production of eco-friendly products since inception and through subsidiaries Beira Brush (Private) Limited and Eco-Spindles (Private) Limited continues to create value with a conscience.
Nalaka Seneviratne, CEO Eco Spindles Yarn, shared his views on the ‘Influence of Circularity in Textile Innovation’ at a recent panel discussion during the 6th Responsible Fashion Summit held in Colombo.
Joining him in the discussion was Moyne Perera, Stretchline, Paige Earlam, Plexus-Cotton, UK & Africa and Joy Nunn, Purfi US & Belgium.
The Responsible Fashion Summit is an annual event presented jointly by Sri Lanka Apparel and Sri Lanka’s Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) was held for the 6th consecutive year.
This year’s edition themed ‘‘Circularity-in-Action’, focused on the progressive journey towards achieving circularity within the supply chain of the apparel sector. The summit comprised four panels led by a set of elite panelists representing both the local and global fashion industry. Eco Spindles was among the main sponsors in supporting the summit.
Addressing the audience, Nalaka discussed Eco Spindles contribution in reducing its carbon footprint through innovative technology converting post-consumer PET plastics into polyester yarn while also reducing the use of water and energy consumption. He also shared the company’s next innovation drive of recycling waste yarn/fabric back into polyester yarn.
He also spoke on the need to expand partnerships and collaborations among government, public and private stakeholders to create greater awareness on waste segregation and collection mechanisms.
Eco Spindles (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC was triumphant in becoming the only Asian company to receive an IFS Change for Good Sustainability Award.
IFS, a renowned international cloud enterprise solutions provider, introduced the IFS Change for Good Sustainability Awards in July ‘21. The annual awards hope to highlight the outstanding work by IFS clients to make their businesses more sustainable while encouraging others to do the same
Eco Spindles has recycled over 380 million PET bottles since it commenced recycling operations in 2011. Comments from the panel of judges included “Eco Spindles has created thousands of livelihoods for their local communities”, “I love that sort of cycle of life. So many lives are being transformed because the communities are benefiting from that new way of recycling plastics”.
BPPL Holdings PLC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Anush Amarasinghe, stated, “We are thankful to IFS for this award as it serves as a reminder of the responsibility undertaken to find effective and permanent solutions to help preserve the natural environment. Sustainability is at the core of every business decision we take as we strive to reduce the carbon footprint we make.”
BPPL Holdings PLC has been crowned as the only Sri Lankan company to have entered Forbes Asia’s 200 ‘Best Under a Billion’ list. The company is one of Southeast Asia’s largest brush manufacturers and Sri Lanka’s largest plastics recycler equipped with one of only two plants in the world capable of creating polyester yarn directly from recycled PET plastic flakes.
Forbes evaluated over 20,000 publicly traded companies in the Asia-Pacific region this year with revenues of under US Dollars 1 Billion and consistent top-and bottom-line growth. Companies were selected based on a composite score that incorporated their overall track record of which 200 were selected.
After overcoming pandemic-related obstacles, the Group also concluded the fiscal year 2020/21 with remarkable improvements in all key financial metrics. The consolidated revenue of BPPL increased by 31% year-on-year to LKR 3.4 billion. The Group Net Profit After Tax increased by 23% year-on-year to LKR 497 million.
To be recognized on an international platform such as Forbes is an enormous win noted BPPL Holdings PLC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Anush Amarasinghe (pictured).
One of Southeast Asia’s largest brush manufacturers and Sri Lanka’s pioneer in recycled plastic products, BPPL Holdings PLC, recorded impressive key financial indicators for the 2020-21 financial year, while strongly positioning the business for its next phase of expansion.
Overcoming pandemic-induced challenges, for the 2020-21 financial year ended 31st March 2021, BPPL’s Consolidated Revenue grew by a robust 31% year-on-year (YoY) to reach LKR 3.4 billion. Group Gross Profit improved by a stellar 38% YoY to LKR 1.2 billion, Group Profit Before Tax (PBT) was up 20% YoY to LKR 609 million while Group Profit After Tax (PAT) and Profit Attributable to Shareholders increased by 23% YoY to Rs. 497 million.
Laying the foundation for the Group’s next phase of expansion, BPPL commenced the second stage of its of yarn production capacity, undertook product and market diversification and expanding overall exports.
BPPL and its subsidiaries (Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd - a leading manufacturer of polyester yarn and mono-filaments using recycled plastics and Beira Brush (Pvt.) Ltd - one of Southeast Asia’s leading manufacturers and exporters of professional and household cleaning tools) recorded several achievements during the financial year, which boosted the group’s profile, while also further amplifying its sustainability agenda.
As industrialisation and population increase, plastic consumption on the island has seen a 16% increase, with 265,000 metric tons are consumed annually resulting in the nation battling a threatening issue - the growth in irresponsible plastic waste disposal/management.
Realising the damage this could cause, a young entrepreneur, Pathum Niranjana, started P&L Industries based in Athurugiriya in 2011 at the age of 20 to collect PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) plastic and other plastics.
Youth Day, celebrated annually in August is an ideal opportunity to showcase the actions of young people who aspire to repair the earth we live in, through their entrepreneurial decisions to solve the world’s most pressing issues.
Every month, his team collects approximately 450,000 PET bottles and 70-80 metric tons of other plastics, which are sold to recyclers such as Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC., to create value-added products.
Online link for full article - https://www.lankabusinessonline.com/opinion-young-entrepreneur-finds-worth-in-plastic-waste/
Sri Lanka’s largest plastic recycler, Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC,, has presented a sustainable solution to managing plastic waste by recycling plastic bottles directly into yarn or monofilaments.
Eco Spindles recycle and convert 90 million PET plastic bottles to polyester yarn, annually at its recycling facility, one of two plants globally capable of manufacturing yarn directly from PET plastic flakes.
Eco Spindles PET plastic to yarn conversion process ensures lowest carbon footprint globally with its unique flake using Partially Oriented Yarn (POY) technology ensuring a sustainable future for the apparel industry.
Using recycled plastic to create yarn, Eco Spindles has created six signature products: Ecos Green , Ecos Evolve, Ecos Oceanic, Ecos Shield, Ecos Amy, and Ecos Chroma. Its ‘Ecos Evolve’ yarn is world’s most sustainable product in recycled polyester yarn category.
Waste Less Arugam Bay (WLAB) is an entity focused on building a green and sustainable tourist destination in Arugam Bay. Founded in 2018 by Hendrik Konzok, founder and director, WLAB, operates a manufacturing company making bags and fashion accessories from upcycled materials. WLAB is also engaged in upcycling discarded plastic bottles.
Henry’s team collects about 5000 – 15,000 PET bottles discarded irresponsibly onto roads and waterways. Knowing the value WLAB creates in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka’s leading plastic recycler Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC,,also provides recycled polyester yarn that WLAB sources to make tote bags out of recycled plastic.
Online link for full article - http://dailynews.lk/2021/07/16/tc/254077/plastic-intervention-arugam-bay
In the last decade, Sri Lanka has mismanaged 1.59 million metric tons of plastic waste yearly that ultimately finds its way to the ocean. Seven out of the 12 Indian Ocean rim countries are significant plastic polluters, Sri Lanka included. The recent MV X-Press Pearl container explosion has further amplified issues around marine pollution.
Appropriately discarding the plastic waste is critical. Ensuring that the collected waste is recycled is even more important. Plastic bottles collected from across the island – beaches, collection centers, and the ocean – is brought into Eco Spindles’ recycling facility in Horana. This facility recycles approximately 7,500,000-9,000,000 bottles of PET plastic waste per month.
Sri Lanka’s leading plastic recycler Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC, leverages technology to keep count of the plastic waste collected from the beaches. Using an app, collectors input the collection numbers ensuring Eco Spindles can trace the amount of plastic collected.
Online link for full article - http://bizenglish.adaderana.lk/a-mistreated-oceans-cry-for-help/
BPPL Holdings PLC and subsidiary Eco Spindles, Sri Lanka’s largest plastic recycler has called for the responsible disposal of plastic waste across the island as the globe commemorates World Environment Day.
This year’s theme, “Ecosystem Restoration” is focused on implementing a solution to a depleting ecosystem, an urgent issue faced in Sri Lanka, and across the world.
Aligning with this year’s theme and playing a part as a responsible organization, the BPPL Group has engaged in multiple waste management initiatives over the past five years. Key highlights are the collection initiatives at Sri Pada, Kataragama and Thalawila, three sites of religious worship that attract crowds from across the island.
Though Sri Lanka has seen an increase in recyclers and plastic waste collectors, Covid-19 has presented a new set of challenges.
Mahesh, a collector, has created a living by collecting post-consumer plastic waste (PET and HDPE) from hotels and hospitals in Galle. He has been in the waste collection industry for ten years, which has helped him support his family, including his two children in grades 8 and 2.
Currently, he collects enough PET to fill two Tata lorries because of hotel closures, equaling 1,000 kgs a month. Before Covid-19, he collected and sent four loads, approximately 2,500-4,000 kgs of PET per month supplying Sri Lanka’s leading plastic recycler Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC.
Mahesh’s story is one among the over 200 collectors in Sri Lanka. Making sure that plastic ends up in recycling centers is more than just a job for Mahesh. He is doing his part to ensure that leftovers waste is recycled into new life.
Online link for full article - http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2021/05/30/business/pet-collector%e2%80%99s-journey-amid-raging-pandemic
Sri Lanka's pioneer in creating eco-friendly products, BPPL Holdings, affirmed its commitment to sustainability in business commemorating Earth Day.
This year's theme, ‘Restore our earth’, focuses on natural processes, green technologies and innovative thinking to restore the world's ecosystems and is aligned to the company's mission to reduce the carbon footprint made on Earth by integrating sustainability and technology into waste recycling.
Embracing sustainability is at the heart of the company’s business operations. To-date, over 380 million plastic bottles have been recycled and through ethical sourcing procures timber from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified plantations in Sri Lanka. The company is proud of its contribution towards a greener Sri Lanka.
Online link for full article - https://www.sundayobserver.lk/2021/05/02/business/bppl-strengthens-commitment-sustainability
At the recently concluded Responsible Fashion Summit organized by the Colombo Fashion Week (CFW), Sri Lanka’s largest plastic recycler Eco Spindles was among industry experts in an invaluable panel discussion themed ‘Circularity in a Fashion Supply Chain’. Representing Eco Spindles at the discussion, Chief Executive Officer at Eco Spindles Yarns, Nalaka Seneviratne elaborated on how Eco Spindles currently operates and provided insightful details on the recycling economy in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s leading plastic recycler Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC, was ranked among the Global Recycling Foundation’s top ten #RecyclingHeroes of 2021.
This ranking was alongside nine other contributors in the global recycling arena, namely, Rien Voets (Holland), Green Axis (Nigeria), Abdi Hirsi (Somalia), Bokashi Bran (Pty) Ltd (South Africa), EcoAct (Tanzania), International WeLoveU Foundation (Korea), Dgrade (Dubai), Eco-Train (Canada), and Metal Shredder (Hungary).
The Global Recycling Foundation supports the promotion of recycling, and the recycling industry, across the world to showcase its vital role in preserving the future of the planet. The #RecyclingHeroes competition was initiated in February last year and encourages people from across the globe to nominate individuals, businesses or communities that are setting examples and pushing boundaries with their recycling initiatives.
Online link for full article - http://bizenglish.adaderana.lk/eco-spindles-ranked-among-top-10-recyclers-globally-by-the-global-recycling-foundation/
Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC, launched its highly anticipated ‘Waste 2 Value’ app at a special event.
The app launch coincided with ‘Global Recycling Day’ and is aimed at encouraging responsible plastic recycling among the general public and consolidate recyclable waste collection efforts within the country.
Importantly, the app was launched to help citizens locate bins more conveniently, enabling the disposal of their plastic waste properly. The app is capable of locating over 300 plastic waste bins around the island.
The app can be downloaded via Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS and easily locates the nearest plastic waste bin.
During 2019/20, Eco Spindles had recycled over 81 million PET bottles, amounting to around 2.3 million kilograms of PET sourced mainly through the company’s 400-strong network of registered recyclable waste collectors and 19 baling sites.
Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd commenced phase 2 of its expansion strategy to add 20,000 sq.ft of production space at its state-of-the-art facility in Horana. Already one of only two such facilities in the entire world, once completed, the expanded facility will double polyester yarn production capacity at Eco Spindles.
The foundation stone was laid by Secretary to the Ministry of Environment Dr. Anil Jasinghe together with Central Environmental Authority Director General P.B. Hemantha Jayasinghe, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Horana Export Processing Zone Senior Deputy Director Sujeewa Thilakumara, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Environmental Pollution Control and Chemical Management Division Director S.M. Werahera, BPPL Holdings Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Anush Amarasinghe and Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd Deputy General Manager Manoj Udawatte, in the presence of other senior representatives from Eco Spindles at a special ceremony held on the 8th of February, 2021.
Eco Spindles(a subsidiary of BPPL Holdings) once again extended its collaboration with Plasticcycle, a John Keells endeavor, by placing an additional 18 Plasticcycle bins, at all the Expressway exits such as the Southern Highway, Katunayaka Highway upto Mattala and at the Hambantota Highway.
The project which commenced a year ago ensures commuters are reminded to responsibly dispose of their PET bottles when travelling along the expressways. The plastics waste is collected from these locations and recycled transforming them into value added products such as yarn, brushes, etc. which are produced for the local and international markets.
This subsidiary of the Hidramani group has now joined the ranks of apparel manufacturers , who have joined in on the production of mass and personal protection equipment, in the worldwide fight against COVD-19.
Due to the ingenue of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, reverse engineering the swabs allowed for the correct specifications required by manufacturers.
In tandem with BPPL Holdings, they were able to produce an exemplary effort in response to the fight against this pandemic- a testament to Sri Lankan innovation.
Eco Spindles joined Coca-Cola as their official recycling partner on this project. It is set to target 500 schools in the Central, Uwa and North provinces. By providing the resources for school children to not only recycle the plastic waste accumulated in school, but that generated in their homes, this initiative has a far wider reach than initially understood. Plastic waste, especially in rural areas, and its poor disposal, is a blight- one which needs to be remedied immediately.
The fact that relevant Local Authorities will collect the waste from these schools and Eco Spindles, in turn, from the authorities, means that this project intersects both private and public sectors, working towards the common goal of environmental protection.
Eco Spindles was delighted to support this venture into corporate social responsibility. In an effort to encourage recycling amongst their employees, they placed recycling bins at 15 factory locations, where over a 1000 employees work.
Initiated by YKK zippers at the BOI Zone in Awissawella, they not only provide a the means for their employees to recycle their household PET waste, but have also introduced a “PET day” concept for every month in order to increase collection efficiency.
This PET would then be collected, transported, sorted, and crushed into flakes, synthesized into the value added recycled goods Eco Spindles is known for.
73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic. The need to recycle ocean plastics is more imminent than ever. All these collection points are therefore no more than 50km from our coastlines- a purposeful and effective step, and partnership in the right direction.
Eco Spindles( a subsidiary of BPPL), has proudly partnered with Coca-Cola and the Fisheries Harbours to set up collection centers in several of Sri Lanka’s main fishing towns, including Negombo, Galle and Hikkaduwa, as well as an efficient transportation network for these bottles to our factories. Here they will be sorted, washed, and crushed into flakes , and then transformed into a range of recycled products, including yarn for the apparel industry and the like, and monofilaments for cleaning tools (for our sister company Beira Brush).
This initiative works, and has the potential for greater success and longevity because of its transparency, as well as the financial incentive it gives fishermen and the villagers in the areas to properly dispose of these bottles. This in turn initiates a culture of recycling in the area, and a positive attitude towards environmental conservation, which will be passed down to children.
Our goal is that for every plastic bottle taken out to sea by our fishermen, they bring one back. And hopefully, eventually, for every bottle everyone else purchases, one is recycled too.
The 3kg of PET waste each household in Colombo generates would have, if disposed improperly, an incredibly negative impact on the environment. To offset this, HNB and IFS established collection bins across HNB’s school unit network in Colombo. Eco Spindles would then collect the bottles and, facilitate their transportation to our recycling plants, to convert them to monofilaments for brushes and yarn for fabric manufacturers worldwide.
Asserted by Dr Amarasinghe, our CEO ; this campaign, both essential and inspiring, was for the purpose of “inculcating the habit of recycling amongst the younger generations, through numerous interactive awareness programmes”, creating a “substantial change in their mindset” and offering Sri Lanka a long term solution to plastic pollution.
This goal, to ensure that one day, that all PET bottles either manufactured in or imported to Sri Lanka are responsibly recycled, is a lofty, but admirable one- and it is through these joint enterprises that we are one step closer to reaching it.
As per our CEO, Dr. Amarasinghe, "Eco Spindles is not able to recycle without the support of our partners for collecting the much needed and valuable raw material of PET plastic waste. We do not see PET plastic as waste but a valuable commodity which can be recycled and converted into new products, thereby generating new livelihoods in Sri Lanka."
This is why Eco Spindles proudly partnered with Coca-Cola in PET plastic clean up and collection drive at the sacred Kataragama Festival, as part of their annual “Give Back Life” initiative, aimed at ultimately, collecting and recycling the equivalent of every bottle they sell in Sri Lanka- which we then will convert into new, products such as brooms, brushes, clothing and shoes.
The zeal of the volunteer teams who participated in this milestone event is testament to the desire for a change in attitude towards recycling and sustainability, evidenced by the fact that 4227kg of PET bottles were collected. This has further motivated the pilgrims and visitors of this site to be more conscious of their plastic disposal, thereby making this more than just an initiative - rather, a movement, inspiring more people to contribute by supplying plastic waste from their own homes, workplaces and communities.
The Responsible Fashion Summit was launched as part of the Responsible Fashion Movement, with the objective of showcasing Sri Lanka as an apparel sourcing destination which is working towards creating a supply chain that is responsible, eco-aware, and accountable.
The third summit took place on the 8th of August 2018, at the Hilton Colombo, to update the conversation in light of new issues facing the global fashion industry and the new technology and initiatives designed to solve them.
As expressed at this event by our CEO, Dr. Amarasinghe, we are veritable pioneers in manufacturing products that help create a cleaner and greener Sri Lanka whilst generating value for our customers around the world. For instance, the recycled yarn we provide for brands such as Pigeon Island, as well as for the 2019 Sri Lanka cricket team’s jerseys (a joint venture with MAS).
In developing these products out of plastic waste, we give organizations the chance to be more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly. The Responsible Fashion Summit provides a global platform to broadcast this message- plastic isn’t waste, and can be used to create value added goods including high quality performance garments. Further, by sourcing the raw materials locally, we are able to reduce lead times, inventor costs and the carbon footprint for the leading fashion brands for which Sri Lanka supplies.
The summit, conceived of by Mr. Singh, the founder, it was important to steer this discussion in the direction of sustainable practices and traceability. To him, this goes beyond the summit- he wishes for the fashion industry and relevant stakeholders to engage with the insight provided on oceans and plastics and its role in the ‘Journey Towards Circularity'.
Alongside MAS, Brandix, and the Hidramani group, wecame together to facilitate this. Their stories, their innovation and their drive was inspiring – and not unlike our own.
Thursday, 17 August 2017, Colombo: Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd recently supported and sponsored the effective clean-up of PET bottles following the large crowds gathered at the Kataragama Festival. It was a community-driven sustainable initiative with the partnership between Coca-Cola, Beira Enviro Solutions Ltd (part of BPPL Holdings) and the Kataragama Committee to collect and recycle PET during and after the Kataragama Festival from 24 th July till 10 th August 2017.
Bottled water, fruit juices and carbonated soft drinks are packaged in 100% recyclable PET plastic bottles. Since PET is completely recyclable, Coca-Cola partnered with Beira to “Give Back Life” to these used, empty PET bottles which would otherwise have possibly journeyed to garbage dump sites. Coca-Cola’s extended producer responsibility ensured education, awareness and capacity-building initiatives towards an individual’s responsibility towards recycling, as well as the importance of community-driven, sustainable initiatives in PET collection, recycling and waste management practices.
The widespread garbage littering witnessed during the days of the Festival reflects poorly on one of the most important cultural and religious events in the country. The PET clean-up drive not only improved the immediate surroundings but also encouraged festival participants to take individual initiative. Ensuring an end-to- end approach to the littering issue during the festivities, 1000 liter and 5000 liter bins were placed in easily accessible locations around the venue for the festival participants to responsibly dispose of their PET bottles. It was a completely hands-on initiative by the organisers with volunteers from Coca-Cola participating on the day to lead the awareness programme in driving recognition of the universal symbol for the PET package – the number ‘1’ in the recycling symbol.
Coca-Cola sales associates who oversee the Kataragama area (under the Matara Sales Area) joined hands with volunteers from Beira and the Kataragama Environmental Society in the clean-up efforts of the Kataragama Festival, with the PET collection being managed by Beira. To ensure true environmental responsibility and sustainability, all items in the clean-up drive had to be recycled or reused including gloves and poly-bags. The PET collection was facilitated on the days with the mobilisation of lorries - and this allowed for an astonishing 3 tonnes of PET to be collected.
Mayank Arora, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd said “Coca-Cola in Sri Lanka is committed to promoting PET collection and recycling initiatives in Sri Lanka. We are thankful to all the volunteers who dedicated their time to drive this important initiative and took action to preserve their environment. Giving back Life to 3,000 Kilograms of PET bottles will be accomplished when the collected PET is upcycled to manufacture a range of durable cleaning products for both professional and household applications by Beira Enviro Solutions.”
Dr. Anush Amarasinghe, CEO - Beira Enviro Solutions, “We are delighted to champion community action to ensure PET recycling and waste management with such a partner as Coca-Cola. We are grateful to the Kataragama Committee including the local authorities to having acknowledged the importance of setting an example for the community to take steps in mitigating their own individual waste footprint. Responsible disposal of post-consumed packages and recycling should be considered as a duty of all citizens in Sri Lanka. Beira looks forward to working with Coca-Cola to recycle PET bottles across the nation.”
Synonymous with pioneering advancements in manufacturing, BPPL Holdings PLC (BPPL), among the top brush makers in Asia, recently inaugurated the country’s first ever state-of-the-art polyester yarn plant.The facility is another milestone for BPPL, spearheaded by wholly owned subsidiary Eco Spindles (Pvt) Ltd, towards bringing forth the advantages of innovative sustainability where yarn is produced exclusively from recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, commonly known as PET flakes. As a future oriented company, Eco Spindles is recognised as a pioneer manufacturer, synonymous throughout the industry for producing synthetic monofilaments for cleaning tools, synthetic monofilaments for paint brushes and polyester yarn for fabric. As a driving and innovative force continually setting new standards in the industry, Eco Spindle’s technologically advanced new yarn facility, located in the Horana BOI Zone, has an impressive 13,000 sq. meter area and a capacity to produce approximately 960 tonnes of synthetic yarn per annum for local and globally renowned fabric manufacturers.
Impressively, this is only one of two plants globally which creates yarn directly from flakes circumventing the polymerization process where flakes are first converted to chips and then to yarn. The raw material for the plant’s yarn is sourced through post-consumer (waste) PET bottle collections. Eco Spindle’s well-established network of over 125 collection points set-up across the country ensures nearly 200-250 tonnes of PET waste is amassed each month. The PET bottles are then sorted, hot and cold washed prior to being transformed into flakes and finally, into recycled draw textured polyester yarn. This polyester yarn is available in both raw white and dope dyed yarn forms. Another value addition is the plant’s dope dying capabilities offering colour pigmentation insertion as part of the extrusion process. “We are extremely proud of our accomplishment in inaugurating Sri Lanka’s first ever yarn production facility. Propelling the country towards greater recognition, the factory’s state-of-the-art spinning and texturing machinery from Europe will make it a game-changer for the industry,” said Dr. Anush Amarasinghe, BPPL Managing Director.
“Additionally, with the global apparel industry moving towards creating more sustainable products and processes, BPPL sees tremendous potential for its recycled polyester yarn offering” added Dr. Amarasinghe.Eco Spindle’s quality compliance, including Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Restricted Substances Lists (RSL) and Oekotex Standard 100 ensures the produced yarn meets stringent international standards.The plant is managed by an experienced workforce of over 40 staff including consultants and operators with over 15 years of experience from countries such as Germany and India.