Charter Next Generation Invests in Marine Plastic Pollution Clean-Up Efforts

Sustainability Leader and North America's Largest Independent Plastic Film Producer, Charter Next Generation (CNG), announces investment in the Plastic Flamingo (PLAF) to assist efforts toward tackling marine plastic pollution in the Philippines.

2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste are generated in the Philippines each year with about 20 percent ending up in the ocean. An estimated 163 million pieces of single-use plastics known as multilayer sachets are consumed daily in the Philippines.

Thanks to a new investment provided by Charter Next Generation, PLAF will continue to take on the challenge of collecting and recycling 100 tons per year of ocean-bound plastic waste over the next three years in the Philippines, resulting in the removal of more than 300 tons of waste. This plastic waste consists of mostly flexible plastics and single-use multilayered plastic packaging which are considered the most difficult to recycle and have little to no value.

Over the course of the three-year project, PLAF will gather sachets and other plastic waste from their various collection points throughout Metro Manila, focusing heavily on residential communities. The waste collected by PLAF will be recycled into eco-boards which can then be used for home and office construction, as well as furniture manufacturing.

As a result of CNG's sponsorship, seven new factory jobs will be created for the duration of the 3-year project, as well as the construction of a new recycled material sorting area, that will include a sorting shed and various sorting lines that will serve as an upgrade to PLAF's current working conditions for local factory employees.

Tackling marine plastic pollution is a global responsibility, that must be addressed at the source. With over 17 billion plastics being thrown away in the ocean every year, the Philippines represents the 3rd largest plastic waste-producing country in the world, after China and Indonesia.

"As a global leader in sustainability, CNG takes our commitment to reducing plastic waste around the world very seriously. We are dedicated to supporting the efforts of organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to make a positive impact on the environment around the world," said Scott Hammer, CNG's Director of Corporate Sustainability. "We continue to invest in numerous organizations dedicated to cleaning our waterways, and we are pleased to join and support PLAF's efforts in cleaning the waters around the Philippines.”

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