Over and above delivering on our 2025 commitment, we have a longer-term ambition to stop plastic leakage into the environment across our global operations.
- We advocate for the design and implementation of effective mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility schemes. We have identified 20 countries, accounting for 50% of our plastic usage, where we will support recycling rates and waste management infrastructure. We have also identified 12 countries that account for over 10% of Nestlé's plastic usage. Here we have the ambition to collect and recycle the same amount of plastic as we use in our products under a 'one tonne in, one tonne out' principle.
- In August 2020, Nestlé Philippines reached plastic neutrality. That means we collected and co-processed the equivalent amount of plastic as contained in the products sold and prevented the further flow of plastic into landfills and oceans.
- We are partnering with Project STOP, a frontline initiative aimed at addressing the leakage of plastic into the ocean, through partnerships with cities and governments in Southeast Asia. Our first Project STOP pilot is in Indonesia.
- In Australia, we embarked on a trial to collect, sort and process soft plastics.
- We are scaling up reusable and refillable options for our Petcare and soluble coffee products, for instance, through collaboration with the start-up company MIWA in Switzerland. Also, in Chile our Purina brand started a pilot for an innovative bulk delivery system for its Purina Dog Chow products in partnership with Algramo.
- We are founding signatory and a partner of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative led jointly by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment, to promote and encourage progress in tackling the plastic waste problem.
- We are rolling out our collaboration with TerraCycle to develop reusable packaging, through the subscription home delivery service Loop, in countries where the service is currently, or soon to be, available.
- Dispensers for Nescafé and Milo are already available in many countries around the world.
In 2020, we will launch new water dispensers using state-of-the-art technology, allowing consumers to fill their own reusable bottles.
- We are partnering with Veolia to work on waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastic material, with a particular emphasis on flexible plastic packaging. The partnership will also explore technologies to establish viable models of recycling in different countries.
- Together with other companies, we have launched the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance to develop the recycling infrastructure across Sub-Saharan Africa – and creating jobs in the process.
- In June last year, we signed a partnership in Vietnam with seven other companies to establish a not-for-profit Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam). It will focus its activities on three pillars: educating consumers on recycling awareness and segregation; strengthening the existing packaging collection ecosystem; and supporting recycling programs of processors and recyclers.
- Stopping plastic bottle leakage and improving waste management and recycling around the world is a priority for Nestlé. We are adapting our actions for each city, country and region as collection and infrastructure vary – where and how we invest aims to result in maximum positive impact. For example, in the U.S. we are investing USD 6 million in the Closed Loop Fund, a USD 100 million social impact investment fund that helps finance recycling infrastructure projects and community recycling programs across the U.S. In Europe, we are working closely with European national governments and industry leaders to achieve the European commitment of 90% collection for recycling by 2025 (PET bottles and caps).