Nepal’s first legal, responsible and environment friendly PET recollection initiative, PET Bottle Recollection Social Enterprise, is formally launched on 12th June, 2014. In a multi-stakeholder partnership involving Coca-Cola, Bottlers Nepal Limited, Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI), Ganesha Ecosphere, Practical Action and UN HABITAT, this initiative will take the form of a self-sustained Social Enterprise.
Sharing the work-model, at the occasion, the designer of the enterprise and HCI’s Founder Prashant Singh said, “Hamri Bahini- The Green Angels is constantly innovating ways to help the disadvantaged young women of Nepal by creating green jobs for them. This initiative additionally works towards enhancing the livelihood of waste workers too- one of the most needy sections of our society by paying them fair price for PET bottle and providing other attractive social benefits.”
The program was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Converting Waste into wealth – a model for sustainable living’ with, the Technical Vice President of Coca-Cola for India and South West Asia Mr. Asim Parekh, Chief Technical Advisor of GIZ, Ellen Kallinowsky, Founder and CEO of HCI, Mr. Prashant Singh and Chief Finance Officer of Ganesha Ecosphere Limited, Mr. Gopal Agarwal as panelists. The panelists discussed on the issues and impact of the ecosystem model in PET waste recollection in Nepal. Post the Panel discussion, Salman Rawn, Managing Director, Bottlers Nepal Limited, Coca-Cola SABCO and Bhushan Tuladhar, Country Director, UNHABITAT felicitated two women waste workers. Alok Kohli, Country Manager of Coca Cola for Nepal and Bhutan and Achyut Pyakurel, Head of Practical Action also felicitated two students as part of the HCI Scholarship Announcement.