L-R: Dr Mahvi, head of the Solid Waste department at IER at TUMS; Giuseppe Carella, Nestlé Iran country manager; Dr Naddaf, head of IER at TUMS; and Azhar Usman, NW Iran BEO.

Nestlé Waters Iran has signed a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Institute for Environmental Research at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, to reduce the impact of PET bottles.

The 12-month project will help to understand the current PET waste landscape in Iran, before jointly developing an plan with various stakeholders, such as environmental
protection agencies and consumers, to improve the management, collection rates and recycling of PET waste in the country.

Azhar Usman, business executive office, said: “We are working to bring continuous improvements to the quality and safety of our products and environmental sustainability. As part of the project, we will collect data on waste quantity, capacity, capabilities and municipality plans on bottle recycling in Tehran and other cities across Iran. Our work with the Institute will also focus on the positive impact of PET bottle recycling, such as sustainability research, recycling PET, raw material supply and reducing plastics waste.”

At the end of 12 months, it aims to highlight the current geographical distribution of PET bottle waste in the country, outline the current actions on recycling activities and include options for future collection and recycling.