New beverage firm to recycle 66 million plastic bottles

Launching Top Water on Thursday –a new bottled water brand – management of Abebe Dinku Bottled Water and Non-alcoholic Beverages Factory said that the company will recall and recycle some 66 million plastic bottles it manufactures, annually.

Abebe Dinku, owner and general manager of the factory, said that entering the market with initial capacity of producing 18,000 bottles of mineral water per hour, it has devised a system of recycling and exporting used bottles.

According to Abebe, resting on a plot of 11,000sq.m land, the factory has required an investment capital of 273 million birr.

Located in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, at Gefersa-Nono in the Special Zone of the Oromia Regional State, Abebe said that Top Water will add an additional production line of 24,000 bottling capacity to reach at 42,000 bottles per hour.

Joining some 67 water bottling companies in Ethiopia, Top Water comes as the introduction of new corporate responsibility undertakings in which the factory will set aside 1.4 million birr from the annual sales of 66.74 million bottles.

According to Shimeles Ajema, sales and marketing director of Top Water, the contribution of the company will help to construct three to four boreholes annually in water prone areas.

Currently, some six billion plastic bottles are said to be packed in Ethiopia alone and recollecting and recycling of utilized bottles seems largely neglected. However, the likes of Kenya have initiated a strict law to ban the use of plastic packages and bags in an effort to reduce environmental hazards that emanate from plastic goods.

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