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Mother Dairy aims to become a plastic waste neutral business by FY23-24

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Mother Dairy aims to recycle/co-process over 7,000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste by the end of fiscal year 2022-23./ Representative Image |

Mother Dairy Fruits & Vegetables Pvt. ltd. (MDFVPL), reiterated its commitment to a cleaner environment by pledging to become a “plastic waste neutral company” by fiscal year 2023-24, meaning the company will collect , will recycle/coprocess the same amount of plastic waste used in its product packaging in one year.

In its efforts to achieve this feat, the company also aims to recycle/co-process over 7,000 tonnes of post-consumer used plastic waste by the end of fiscal year 2022-23.

Mother Dairy launched its plastic waste collection and recycling/co-processing initiative in Maharashtra in the 2018-19 financial year under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program and expanded the initiative to the All-India Scale for Multi-Layer Plastic (MLP) Waste in FY2019-20 as per the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2018 as amended.

The company is working closely with its suppliers and major waste management agencies (WMAs) to implement the national EPR framework, it said in a press release.

The Company, through its associated partners, collected and co-processed/recycled approximately 8,164 MT of post-consumer used plastic waste (5,318 MT of single-layer plastic waste and 2,846 MT of multi-layer plastic waste) from June 2018 to March 2022.

Elaborating on the initiative, Manish Bandlish, Managing Director, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. ltd. said: “As a responsible organization, we reaffirm our position in favor of a safer and cleaner environment for a better future. This is evidenced by our Token Milk offer (branded bulk milk) since 1984, which has enabled us to save approx. 7,000,000 kg of plastic ends up in the environment each year. In line with our commitment, we now aim to become a plastic waste neutral organization by fiscal year 2023-24. »

The Company is also working to reduce plastic consumption by providing alternatives to plastic straws used for dairy beverage consumption and will soon be available with paper-based straws in its operating markets.

Bandlish added, “In addition to plastics, we are also aware of the efficient use of key natural resources by including them in our performance indicators. Over the years, Mother Dairy has taken various measures for environmental sustainability and the conservation of natural resources through initiatives such as water conservation, rainwater harvesting and the adoption of renewable energy sources.

Other initiatives include engaging and encouraging its consumers to opt for Token Milk (automated milk vending system) available at the company’s stalls at Delhi NCR and this effort has eliminated the generation of about 7 lakh kg of plastic waste.

The company replaced all plastic spoons with wooden spoons and phased out bulk straws 3 years ago.

Under the EPR scheme, in line with plastic waste management rules, the company said it is already working in around 28 states with its presence including key regions like Delhi NCR, Maharashtra and others.

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