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Sep 27, 2018

Nestlé pledges increase in recycled plastics in the EU

recycled plastic bottle

Nestlé has today pledged to make a significant increase in the amount of recycled plastics it uses in some of its packaging in the European Union.

By 2025, bottles, PET layer in laminates, caps on glass jars and tins, trays for meat products and shrink films for display trays will all contain at least between 25% and 50% recycled material, depending on the packaging type *.

The pledge comes following Nestlé’s global packaging ambition announced in April this year, where the company aims to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.

“I am proud that we are already taking first concrete steps to achieve our packaging ambitions,” said Marco Settembri, Nestlé CEO for Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa. “Nestlé supports the Plastics Strategy of the European Union. We share the vision that no plastic packaging ends up in the environment. Recyclable packaging, good recycling infrastructure and more use of recycled material will help us close the loop.”

Nestlé’s announcement today contributes to the voluntary pledging exercise on recycled content by the European Commission. Marco Settembri underlined Nestlé’s determination by handing over the pledge in person to the European Commission today.

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* By 2025 our PET bottles will contain at least 25% rPET (Polyethylene terephthalate)
   By 2025 the PET layer in the respective laminates will contain 25% rPET
   By 2025 the caps on our glass jars and tins will contain 30% rPP (recycled Polypropylene)
   By 2025 the trays for our meat products will contain 50% rPET
   By 2025 the shrink films for display trays will contain 50% rPE (recycled Polyethylene)


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