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Papua New Guinea

Nestlé employees clean up city

Nestle employees in Lae determined to do their bit to tackle the littler problem in the city have removed a truckload of rubbish alongside the major road from China Town to Top Town.

The 22 volunteers donned gloves and gathered waste while walking the route from the Nestlé factory to China Town, Top Town and Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium recently.

Lae factory manager Bonita Solomon said it was just one way the company and its employees are taking to help achieve a waste-free future.

“Our goal for the clean-up was simple: to leave our local community cleaner than we found it. And I am pleased to say we did,” Ms Solomon said.

“Today’s operation has resulted in about 288kg of rubbish alone being collected.

“Addressing the challenge of plastic waste requires all of us to start behaving differently, and there is no better place for us to start than from within our own company, and in our own neighbourhood.

“Our employees are the same as everyone else, they are passionate about making a difference and today has reminded us that often it is the small steps we take every day that can have a ripple effect for lasting environmental change.”

Nestlé has already laid out its broader vision to achieve a waste-free future and announced a series of specific actions towards meeting its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, with a particular focus on avoiding plastic waste and pioneering alternative materials.

The Nestlé team in Port Moresby also got involved, joining forces with the Royal Papua Yacht Club to clean-up the shoreline and waterways, collecting more than 50 bags of rubbish.

Both clean-ups were part of a co-ordinated global volunteering effort timed around World Oceans Day on June 8, which saw more than 1000 Nestlé employees volunteer at clean-up events across Oceania.

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