Nestlé launches action to make all products 100% recyclable

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Nestlé is a key signatory of the UK Plastics Pact

Nestlé has announced its plan to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

With a view to eliminate plastic pollution, the global company has split its action plan into three main objectives- creating alternative materials, a waste-free future and driving behaviour change.

This builds on its commitments as part of the UK Plastics Pact.

Changes include eliminating plastic straws from its products, increasing the recycled PET content in its bottles and exploring new paper-based and compostable or biodegradable polymers that are also recyclable.

Nestlé launched an Institute of Packaging Sciences back in December 2018 to develop sustainable packaging materials and work with industry partners.

It is also working with Danimer Scientific to develop a marine biodegradable and recyclable bottle for its water business and PureCycle Technologies to produce food-grade recycled Polypropylene (PP).

PureCycle is in the process of commercialising recycling technologies which can remove colour, odour and contaminate from plastic waste feedstock in order to transform it into virgin-like resin.

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said: “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.”

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