Nestlé has partnered up with the world’s leading resource management company, Veolia, to tackle environmental leakages and develop a recycling scheme. The collaboration will hone in on waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastic material, with particular emphasis on flexible plastic packaging. The projects will focus on eleven “priority” countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
The partnership will also explore technologies to establish viable models of recycling in different countries. This includes chemical recycling technologies like pyrolysis, which is capable of producing virgin quality plastic. The technologies will assist Nestlé in its bid to increase the recycled content of its bottled water packaging to 35 percent and its overall commitment to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Nestlé, said: “Plastic waste is a challenge that requires an ecosystem of solutions all working simultaneously. This partnership is another specific step to accelerate our efforts in addressing the critical issue of plastic waste. Leveraging on Veolia’s technology and expertise, we will start with pilot projects in multiple countries, with the intention of scaling these up globally.”