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La Vie & Long An province partner in clean-up program

Released at: 19:55, 14/06/2019

La Vie & Long An province  partner in clean-up program

Photo: La Vie

Water company works with local authorities to raise awareness about waste disposal in Mekong Delta province.

by Hung Cao

Promoting efforts to improve local habitats and help create a waste-free future, La Vie recently partnered with the Mekong Delta’s Long An province to raise awareness and encourage the responsible disposal of waste by cleaning up the province’s Tan Tap Beach. The initiative was part of a global Nestlé employee volunteer effort in more than 40 countries and territories.

More than 100 volunteers from La Vie and local youngsters were divided into six teams to clean up the canal, river bank, and pier in the Tan Tap area, which were filled with plastic waste. Teams collected and separated the waste, installed drainage barriers, and fixed rubbish bins.

Local people learned about proper waste collection and disposal and its impact on the environment and human health. After the full-day clean-up, 1,800 kg of trash was collected, separated, and a drainage barrier and 20 dust bins were installed. All rubbish collected was taken to a waste recycling plant.

 “Public awareness on the importance of recycling and reusing materials is growing, but the processes and methods to achieve it can often be unclear,” said Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Hoang, Head of the Southern Foreign Affairs Department at La Vie.

“Through this clean-up, we aim to foster behavioral change by educating, engaging, and mobilizing employees. And by providing them with the means to act, we contribute to lasting impactful change. Change starts from within. By adapting our own practices, and by encouraging others to change theirs, we can all make a difference for our generation and for the future.”

The clean-up was a part of a global employee-led initiative launched by Nestlé, gathering employees in more than 40 countries and territories worldwide at over 65 clean-up sites.

Nestlé earlier this year announced its commitment to have 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, in line with its broader vision that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfills or as litter. Nestlé is also playing an active role in developing plastics collection, sorting, and recycling schemes globally, where it’s contributing to industry coalitions that aim to improve collection and recycling rates.

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