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Nestlé sets goal of 100 percent recyclable or reusable packaging

From the April 2018 issue.

Nestlé, the parent company of global coffee comapany Nespresso, has announced its goal to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, will end up in landfill or as litter. Nestlé said it believes there is an urgent need to minimize the impact of packaging on the environment.

Nestlé CEO 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, re-use and recycle."

The company focuses on three core areas: the elimination of non-recyclable plastics, the encouragement of the use of plastics that allow better recycling rates, and eliminating or changing complex combinations of packaging materials.

Recognizing the need to develop a circular economy, Nestlé is committed to playing an active role in the development of well-functioning collection, sorting and recycling schemes across the countries in which it operates.

It also plans to work 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; label its plastic product packaging with recycling information to help consumers dispose of it in the right way; and promote a market for recycled plastics by continuing to increase their proportion in Nestlé's packaging

Preventing packaging material ending up as waste, including in seas, oceans and waterways is one of the key reasons behind Nestlé’s pledge.

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