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Nestlé vows to speed up plans to tackle plastic waste.

Posted on Jan 22, 2019 2:15:00 PM

Nestle shopping basket from the 1990s (picture courtesy of Nestle).We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.”

Swiss food and drink giant Nestlé has announced a series of specific actions towards meeting its April 2018 commitment of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. In a statement, the company said that its primary focus was to avoid plastic waste.

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said that the company's broader vision and action plan outlines its commitment and "specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue".

He added: “While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100% recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis. We need to push the boundaries and do more.

“We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now. We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.”

The company plans to eliminate all non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle plastics for all its products across the globe between 2020 and 2025.

In February, Nestlé (@Nestle) will begin to eliminate all plastic straws from its products, using alternative materials like paper and what it calls “innovative designs” to reduce littering.

It will roll out paper packaging for Nesquik in the first quarter of this Yes! Snack bar in the second half.

Nestlé Waters will increase the recycled PET content in its bottles to 35% by 2025 at the global level and will reach 50% in the US, with a specific focus on its brand Poland Spring.

Elsewhere, Nestlé said that it has initiated a collaboration with PureCycle Technologies to produce food-grade recycled polypropylene. According to the company, PureCycle Technologies is commercialising ground-breaking recycling technologies which can remove colour, odour and contaminants from plastic waste feedstock in order to transform it into virgin-like resin.

Nestlé also said that it has formed a global partnership with US bioplastics specialist Danimer Scientific to develop marine biodegradable and recyclable bottle for its water business.

Separately, the company has also made a pledge to go “over and above delivering on its 2025 commitment” and stop plastic leakage into the environment across its global operations.

The news of Nestlé’s commitment follows its announcement last month that it had created its Institute of Packaging Sciences to evaluate and develop various sustainable packaging materials and to collaborate with industrial partners to develop new packaging materials and solutions.


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Liz Gyekye
Liz Gyekye
Liz has spent more than ten years working in the waste management and bioenergy sector as a journalist.read more