Waste Warriors has recently set up a bench and a table made of recycled cartons of Tetra Pak at Dehradun Zoo. The motive behind the installation of this kind of furniture is to spread awareness among consumers about the separation of waste at source, and recycling.
Fascinatingly, during the installation of the furniture, a Nukkad Natak was also enacted, elucidating how following the 3 R’s – Reduce Reuse Recycle, can bring down the quantity of waste and develop new useful items by recycling them.
Ankita Chamola, project manager, Outreach and Partnerships, Waste Warriors informed- “Based on our consumer research and baseline interviews conducted among waste pickers and Scrap Dealers, it was evident that there was no awareness among the masses about collection or recycling of used cartons. In the last few months, with the help of our collaborative efforts, we have raised awareness primarily at 3 levels – one with the consumers, second with the waste collectors/waste pickers, third with Government bodies to leverage maximum support for the success of this project in Uttarakhand. When we show people the end products made from used cartons, they are amazed and excited to touch and feel something made so beautifully out of waste.”
The ongoing joint effort between the company and NGO, launched in 2020 also targets at raising consciousness among the waste-picker community, about the value they can extract from gathering used cartons and selling them to a recycler.
The cartons from Tetra Pak are mainly paper-based, with more than 70% of the carton being made from paperboard. The cartons can be recycled into paper products, panel boards, industrial pallets, roof sheets, school desks, seats for auto rickshaws and a lot more.