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Osotspa goes after waste with new recycling centre

Dec 11. 2019
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By THE NATION

Osotspa, a leading consumer product manufacturer in Thailand, has opened a recycling centre in Saraburi province and developed measurements to reduce the environmental impact from used packaging, starting from the production process to reusing packaging waste for new production.

"Osotspa has always been committed to conducting its business in conjunction with preserving the environment from upstream to downstream. In the belief that a good business should not have a negative impact on the environment, communities and society, our company has carried out policies and measurements to supervise production processes ensuring they are environmentally-friendly by focusing on the efficient use of natural resources and reductions in both energy consumption and plastic use in the production process," Wannipa Bhakdibutr, president of Osotspa Pcl said. She also stressed waste management in packaging, by establishing a packaging recycling centre "to reduce waste and encourage the recycling of new products which in turn, contribute to the more cost-effective and sustainable use of resources and improved sustainability in Thailand." 

To manage packaging from upstream to downstream, Osotspa has focused on the selection of materials. 

Currently, over 70 per cent of Osotspa products, especially beverage products, are packed in recyclable glass bottles.

For plastic packaging, the company has started using recyclable plastics in its packaging. Osotspa also promotes the use of refillable products to reduce plastic inputs and use of bottles in the production process.

In addition, the Saraburi recycling centre can separate up to 1,000 tonnes of glass bottles and cans per day.

At the recycling centre, the packaging waste undergoes a separation process in order to divide each type of waste for recycling. 

For instance, glass bottles and broken glass are sent as raw materials to produce new bottles. 

Osotspa's glass bottle factories use glass cullets as the main raw material for up to 90 per cent of production which reduces energy consumption and natural resources in the process. 

An increase in the use of glass scraps by 10 per cent can reduce energy consumption in the blast furnace by 2.5 per cent. 

The extracted aluminium lid is combined with cans and sent to a factory specialising in recycling aluminium. 

In addition, the company is undertaking research to utilise liquids that remain in the packaging, such as beverages and cooking sauces, which can be produced into fertilizer for plants.

The recycling centre, opened in the third quarter, is considered another important milestone in Osotspa's packaging management which will have the least possible impact on the environment from upstream to downstream, she said. Anyone located in Saraburi or the surrounding areas who is interested in supporting the environment by collecting used glass bottles can deliver them to Osotspa's recycling centre.

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