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ByChad J. Johnson

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Currently has 17 collection centers including 3 MRF, 7 others to be created

On World Recycling Day 2022, Sri Lankan leader in plastic bottle recycling, Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of BPPL Holdings PLC, announced plans to accelerate the expansion of its materials recycling facilities (MRF) across the country.

Eco Spindles, in collaboration with its project partner Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka, introduced its MRFs to collect several forms of recyclable waste such as aluminum, glass, paper and other forms of plastic waste, in order to Help develop and strengthen regional waste collection networks and processes. the collected polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, according to a press release from the company.

“The goal is to increase collection and recycling rates in the regions where the facilities are commissioned. The company aims to establish one MRF per district by the end of 2024 and will ensure that recyclable waste is collected through partnerships with schools, local authorities, waste collectors, volunteers and coastal communities. “, did he declare.

“Over the past year, the company has made tremendous efforts to boost and strengthen the plastic recycling sector in Sri Lanka by recycling 62 million PET bottles between 2021 and 2022. Since its inception, Eco Spindles has recycled 452 million PET bottles.

Commenting on the strategy, CEO of Eco Spindles Recycling, Manoj Udawatte, said that “MRFs will send their vehicles to collect this recyclable waste and pay the collectors. The collected recyclable waste is then taken to the facility, where PET plastic, for example, is separated, baled and shredded. It is after this process that Eco Spindles receives this PET from the facilities, and we transform it into value-added products such as recycled polyester yarn and monofilaments used in brushes and brooms, to name a few. -ones. Additionally, the other forms of waste collected are sold to other manufacturers, including glass bottles, aluminum extrusions, and paper producers.

“When we initially commissioned our MRFs, there were approximately 70 collection points, and now there are approximately 220. By the end of this year, we will strategically establish 400 collection points which involve a network of bins and bags to deposit plastic and consumer products. other recyclable waste around each MRF,” he added.

So far, there are three MRFs in Ratnapura, Negombo and Panadura, with another currently under development in Matara. The company plans to add six more MRFs across the country including Galle, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Kurunegala, Gampaha and Trincomalee in 2022/23.

The release explains that the company is raising awareness of proper plastic waste disposal methods through its “Waste 2 Value” app. There are 447 bins placed in the Western Province to dispose of recyclable waste, which can be located through the app. The company aims to increase that figure to 700 in the Western Province alone. In other regions like Anuradhapura, Galle and Matara, there are more than 100 bins. The company aims to increase this figure to 300. There would then be more than 1,000 drop-off bins in defined locations by the end of 2022.

“Despite the difficult state of our economy, I am proud to say that we have moved forward and ensured the success of our operations and expansion plans, and we aspire to further push our sustainable practices towards a strengthened circular economy and a greener society,” commented BPPL Holdings PLC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Dr Anush Amarasinghe. “With the pandemic and the loss of jobs, we have and will continue to provide low-income communities with opportunities to earn a living through the collection of recyclable waste. We ensure that our collectors are incentivized and rewarded for their efforts.

Eco Spindles is also recognized for its efforts to influence and educate schoolchildren about identifying recyclable waste and disposing of it responsibly. For example, its MRF partner in Ratnapura, Ceylon Emerald Way, has targeted over 100 schools to educate schoolchildren on proper disposal of plastic waste in Ratnapura district alone and is also providing plastic waste bags and bins. disposal of plastic waste.

Founded in 1984, BPPL Holdings PLC, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Eco Spindles (Pvt.) Ltd and Beira Brush (Pvt.) Ltd. exports recycled polyester yarn, monofilaments and professional and household cleaning tools to international markets in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand, with considerable market share in each region. The group also produces household cleaning brushes marketed locally under the “Tip Top” brand.