Towards A Circular Economy

Dilmah Recycling Centre Products

“Dilmah Recycling” was inaugurated on the 24th of March 2018 as part of Dilmah Tea’s commitment to reduce its plastic footprint. This facility will convert a significant portion of Dilmah’s tea packaging waste materials into reusable items.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme about 280 million tonnes of plastic is produced globally each year and only a very small percentage is recycled.

Dilmah Recycling hopes to address this global issue by acting as a research and educational centre to spread awareness on the importance of plastic recycling in Sri Lanka.

The centre will utilise plastic upcycling techniques to develop inventive recycling solutions and products.

How it works

  • During the first stage of production, the waste material goes through a sorting and inspection process to ensure that it is free from materials such as tea debris, plastic tape etc.
  • It is then passed through a shredder to break the material into smaller workable sizes. Following this, the shredded material is subjected to high temperature and pressure in a hot press machine for a fixed period of time during which the original material undergoes transformation yielding a product which has altered composition and properties.
  • The final output resulting from this process is set inside the cold press to speed up the cooling process of the material and later utilized in the production of decorative and construction material.
  • Objective

    • Implement a process that strives to convert a significant portion of Dilmah’s tea packaging waste materials into reusable objects.
    • To achieve a 10% successful upcycling conversion of Dilmah’s waste packaging material.
    • To bring Dilmah’s waste program into alignment with the company’s sustainability schemes.
    • To serve as an educational/research facility and create awareness on the importance of sustainability and recycling/upcycling.


    • Products such as note books, field books, table-pots, coasters have been designed from waste products through this project.
    Audience of Students in a Event
    Teaching Children about Recycling
    • As a part of Dilmah’s ongoing commitment to address the growing issue of single use plastic, Dilmah Conservation initiated a 16-program project to create awareness on the negative impact of plastic pollution through the art of puppetry. Initiated early January this year, it is aimed at encouraging young children, especially from the schools of coastal region, to find solutions that can help address plastic pollution- shaping the younger generation thus to take an active role in addressing environmental issues.