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Nestlé Lanka in collaboration with Government authorities, inspires behavioural change through its School Waste Management Programme

Donates waste management units to schools in the Rathnapura District
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Nestlé Lanka donated waste management units to schools in the Rathnapura District on 1 February 2022 through its School Waste Management Programme. Implemented in collaboration with the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the Ministry of Education, and local Municipal Councils, this programme aims to inspire a positive behavioural change in the future generation of Sri Lanka. Launched in January 2020 as part of Nestlé Lanka’s efforts to help achieve a waste-free future, the programme will be extended to 250 schools around the country this year, impacting over 400,000 children.


Photo Caption Students of Dharmapala College reciting the Environmental Pledge

Guided by the authorities, the School Waste Management Programme ensures that waste in school premises is segregated and disposed of responsibly. Further, CEA officials work with the schools’ environmental societies to create awareness on proper waste disposal and management and encourage students to act as environmental ambassadors in spreading the word. Thereafter, the relevant Municipal Council in the area ensures that the waste is collected and sent for recycling or energy recovery as much as possible.

Mr. Tyrone Attanayake, Mayor of the Rathnapura Municipal Council said, “Waste is a valuable resource if disposed of responsibly. There is much that can be done with segregated waste, but unfortunately, most people lack awareness. Therefore, this programme is imperative as it lays a strong foundation to encourage behavioural change in school children – the future generation of Sri Lanka.”

Speaking about the importance of instilling good habits at an early age to create a long-term positive impact, Mr. Sepala Kuruppuarachchi, Provincial Education Director of Sabaragamuwa said, “It is a pleasure to be a part of this public-private partnership which focuses on taking action and creating awareness about one of the most crucial environmental issues in our country.”


Photo Caption Students of Prince College, Rathnapura using the waste management units for responsible disposal

Committed to doing good for the planet, the Good food, Good life company accelerated its efforts to tackle plastic waste pollution in Sri Lanka, with an ambition of ensuring none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or waterbodies. Towards this end, Nestlé Lanka has implemented several green initiatives including moving to recyclable or reusable packaging for its products, helping create a circular economy for aseptic beverage cartons and working with government and private institutions to galvanize action and drive behavioural change for a greener and cleaner Sri Lanka.

Nestlé has been an integral part of Sri Lankan lives for over 115 years. Driven by its purpose of ‘unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come’, Nestlé caters to consumers across generations from early childhood to old age through its diverse food and beverage portfolio.

Featured image Photo Caption: Presenting of the waste management units (From left to right: Mrs. Radhini De Costa, Assistant Vice President, Communications – Nestlé Lanka; Mr. Bandula Egodage, Vice President, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs – Nestlé Lanka; Mr. I. W. Lal Somathilak, Principal, R/Thiriwanaketiya College; Mr. Sepala Kuruppuarachchi, Provincial Education Director Sabaragamuwa; Mr. Tyrone Attanayake, Mayor, Rathnapura Municipal Council; W. Wickramasinghe, Assistant Manager, CEA)

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