Nestlé plans to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company says its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter, adding that Nestlé believes that there is an urgent need to minimize the impact of packaging on the environment.
“Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today,” said Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider. “Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, reuse and recycle. Our ambition is to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”
The company focuses on three core areas: eliminate non-recyclable plastics; encourage the use of plastics that allow better recycling rates; and eliminate or change complex combinations of packaging materials.
Recognizing the need for developing a circular economy, Nestlé says it is committed to:
- Playing an active role in the development of well-functioning collection, sorting and recycling schemes across the countries where it operates;
- Working with value chain partners and industry associations to explore different packaging solutions to reduce plastic usage, facilitate recycling and develop new approaches to eliminate plastic waste;
- Labeling its plastic product packaging with recycling information to help consumers dispose of it in the right way; and
- Promoting a market for recycled plastics by continuing to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in its packaging.
Preventing packaging material from ending up as waste, including in seas, oceans and waterways, is one of the key reasons behind Nestlé’s pledge.