Asaleo Care appoints new chiefs

Asaleo-Care-16.9Asaleo Care shuffled its management team on Tuesday with some new appointments. The tissue maker announced Sid Takla as the new CEO and managing director.

Takla was previously the chief operating officer from May 2017 and has over 20 years of experience in the industry. He previously worked at Carter Holt Harvey Packaging and Amcor Flexible Packaging before joining Asaleo Care.

Chairman Harry Boon said Takla’s new appointment comes after a comprehensive CEO succession planning for several years. The company’s Board is confident he’s the right choice to lead Asaleo Care, according to Finance News Network.

Andrew Blew was also appointed as the new executive general manager for Consumer Sales in Australia and New Zealand. He joined the tissue company in November from L’Oréal.

The company has recently taken steps towards sustainability with a partnership with REDcycle, a Melbourne based recycling organisation which established a voluntary, industry-led initiative known as the REDcycle Program. REDcycle has also pledged to the Australian Packaging Covenant.

Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths have partnered with REDcycle and now provide recycling bins within their stores where shoppers can drop off their soft plastics.

“We’re working hard to keep our soft plastic packaging out of landfill. We’re committed to reduce waste and make packaging more sustainable. It’s a top priority for our customers and consumers – and for us. In this initiative, we’re focussed on flexible packaging materials,” said Jane Mansfield, Quality, Environment and Sustainability manager, Australasia.

“We aim to design our packaging so it’s recyclable and through our support of soft plastics recycling programs such as REDcycle, our packaging can be recoverable as well. Soft plastics recycling is a first step towards a circular economy. We’re proud to support this critical program.”

Consumers can recycle all soft plastic packaging such as plastic bags at a REDcycle location. The collected plastics are then sent to a recycling manufacturer where it will be made into more than 200 recycled plastic products such as bollards, outdoor furniture, fitness equipment and decking.

“The REDcycle program compliments Asaleo Care’s partnership with the Tread Lightly program in New Zealand which educates school children about soft plastics recycling and establishes recovery systems in schools. We are also a member of the Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme and represented on the Steering Committee by Jane Mansfield,” said Asaleo Care in a statement.

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