Nestlé is joining the growing list of food and beverage companies that are promising to tackle their products’ waste and address environmental concerns around plastic. The Swiss multinational company has agreed that by 2025, all of its packaging will be recyclable or reusable.
This pledge aligns with the European Union’s new regulations on plastic waste and recycling. Nestlé South Africa has joined other local companies such as SPAR and Ocean Basket in the war on plastic waste.
Working together towards a common goal
“Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. Tackling it requires a collective approach,” says Nestlé chief executive officer Ulf Mark Schneider.
Nestlé will eliminate non-recyclable plastics from its production lines and instead start to use more plastics with better recycling rates. Some of the products are packaged in a variety of plastic types and Nestlé has vowed to change this.
“We are working on changing the colours used for packaging. Lighter colours are easier to recycle,” says Nestlé head of stakeholder engagement in sustainability Duncan Pollard.
The plan requires input from others
Nestlé’s plan also depends on proper recycling facilities around the world. If more plastic packaging from a global company is to be recycled, many countries need to have working facilities that can process the waste.
Local laws and regulations need to be set to ensure that Nestlé’s packaging is recycled or reused as intended. Waste management providers around the world can help Nestlé achieve their goal through participation and responsible waste management.
The Swiss company is the largest food producer and supplier in the world, with a total value in excess of one trillion rands. Locally, they produce well-known brands such as Milo, Cremora, Ricoffy, Nesquik and Kit-Kat.
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