“Dudutech recycles about 577 kg of plastic per week”

As hygiene supervisor at Dudutech, Antony Matete oversees the recycling of 10,500 product bottles and 200 high-density boxes per week, helping to mitigate the environmental impact of getting our products to the fields where they do their work. Once cleaned and all microbial residues have been removed, the materials are reintegrated into the packaging processing line for use on future orders.

by Cory Smit, Dudutech Marketing

The recycling scheme aims to capture and process at least 70% of all the bottles and boxes delivered within Kenya but often exceeds this. According to Eric Langat, Dudutech Logistics and Packaging manager, “the delivery drivers who collect the returned materials typically bring back between 5-10k bottles per week from customers.” In numbers, the scheme reintegrates at least 577kgs of plastic per week or ~30t per year.

By using high-quality HDPE bottles and shipping boxes for the majority of our products, the standards are designed with recycling in mind, ensuring that the materials are durable, easy to clean and can be washed for reuse many times.

To ramp-up throughput, we commissioned an automatic bottle washing machine in January 2020, enabling Anthony and his team to process up to 200 bottles in 5 mins. The high-pressure machine thoroughly cleans the bottles of any microbial residues, dust and contaminants.

Barnaba Rotich, Head of Commercial at Dudutech said, “as a business in the 21st century, it is imperative that we work towards the long term sustainability aspects of our business by taking care of the short term… Having the preservation of the environment at our core, we continually ask ourselves what more we can do to help build a sustainable future. Our mission often takes us to the smallest common denominators of each part of the business, allowing the adjustments, such as the recycling scheme, to have a deep impact on efficiency without compromising quality.”

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