Nestlé to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025

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Food manufacturer Nestlé has announced its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025, with the aim that none of its packaging ends up in landfill or as litter.  

The company has said that it will focus on three main areas including eliminating non-recyclable plastics, encouraging the use of plastics that allow better recycling rates, and preventing or changing complex combinations of packaging materials. 

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Nestlé has said that it understands the need for developing a circular economy, and is dedicated to: 

  • Playing a role in the development of collecting, sorting and recycling schemes across the countries it operates
  • Working with value chains and industry associations to examine various packaging solutions to decrease plastic usage, support recycling and develop new actions to eliminate plastic waste 
  • Labelling its plastic product packaging with recycling information to help consumers dispose of it correctly 
  • Promoting a market for recycled plastics by increasing the proportion of recycled plastics in its packaging. 

Nestlé chief executive Mark Schneider said: “Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. 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.” 

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