Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC) and the City Government of Quezon City along with Basic Environmental Systems & Technologies Inc. (BEST Inc.) officially sealed the deal last 23 November by signing a Memorandum of Agreement for the AlasKalikasan (Alaska + Environment) Wrapper Redemption Project wherein AMC will give 165 grams of Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink (AFPMD) for every three (3) kilos of single-use plastics collected.
AlasKalikasan is a two-pronged approach towards environmental sustainability and nutrition wherein Alaska and its partner LGUs collect single use plastics that will be recycled, downcycled or upcycled by the LGU’s partner recycling facilities or via their own sustainability programs.
AMC Managing Director, Tarang Gupta and Corporate Affairs Director, Atty. Maria Angela N. Esquivel expressed their appreciation to Quezon City Mayor Maria Josefina Tanya “Joy” Belmonte for the partnership and both parties are looking forward to expand the AlasKalikasan to the largest city in Metro Manila and fulfill the responsibility in helping reduce plastic waste by ensuring that the single use plastics collected will not be thrown back to oceans and landfills. This way, we contribute to caring for our environment while providing communities with nutritious milk.
After the single-use plastics have been collected, it will then be transported and recycled to BEST Inc., the co-implementor of AlasKalikasan in Quezon City which is led by its Senior Vice President – Business Development, Jan Vincent P. Mercado. BEST Inc. is a corporation that is engaged in contracting and consulting for waste management related business including waste collection, transport, and disposal.
Aside from Quezon City, AMC is also in partnership with other cities such as Manila City, San Pedro City, Laguna, and Taytay, Rizal. At the end of the year, Alaska and its partner LGUs shall have collected almost 70,000 kgs of single use plastics from various communities in their jurisdiction. The collected single use plastics were recycled and upcycled by the LGUs through their own sustainability programs and in partnership with cement factories using Co-Processing Technology.