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Nestlé has set the
bold global ambition
of making 100% of our packaging either recyclable or re-usable by 2025, as
part of its pledge to play an active role in combatting plastic pollution.
The company aims to help consumers dispose of used materials in the right
way, while promoting a market for recycled plastics by continuing to
increase the proportion of recycled plastics in its packaging.
This vision – for none of its packaging, including plastics, to end up in
landfill or as litter – is global in vision but local in execution.
Waste management solution in Ghana and Nigeria
Nestlé is looking to develop the well-organised collection, sorting and
recycling schemes across all countries where it operates.
In Central and West Africa for example, Nestlé is supporting the Ghanaian
government’s efforts to better manage plastic waste, as one of eight
founding members of the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises
(GRIPE). As part of this coalition, Nestlé is working with other major
industrial companies including Unilever and Coca-Cola, to integrate
sustainable waste management solutions and advocate for improved waste
management practices in Ghana. With a population of more than 28 million,
the country has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world today,
but has a severe and fast-growing waste management problem.
The coalition’s main aims include: contributing to increased collection and
recycling rates across the country, provide employment opportunities
through scalable recycling solutions, and engaging with the government to
help tackle the problem of plastic waste.
In Nigeria, Nestlé is one of the five member companies of the Food and
Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) incorporated to serve as the sector
Producers Responsible Organisation under the Extended Producers (EPR)
scheme. This alliance has completed the development of a viable collection
and recycling plan with initial focus on the major food and beverage
packaging materials that pose significant challenge for the Nigerian
national waste management system.
Supporting World Environment Day
Nestlé’s efforts to help address this issue highlight the importance of the
United Nations’ World Environment Day on
June 5, a global day of action that promotes worldwide awareness for the
protection of our environment.
This year is dedicated to the theme, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, urging us
all to make changes to our everyday habits to reduce the serious impact of
plastic pollution on our environment.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), half of all
consumer plastics are single use, one tenth of all human-generated waste is
plastic, and in the next 10-15 years, global plastic production is
projected to nearly double.
The UNEP is asking individuals, the private sector and policymakers to come
together to entirely rethink our approach to designing, producing and using
Zero environmental impact
As a Group, Nestlé’s overarching ambition is to strive for
zero environmental impact
in its global operations by 2030, as part of the company’s purpose to
enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future. Five out of
seven Nestlé factories in Central & West Africa Region have zero waste
to landfill. We have also started initiates to recycle Maggi wrappers.
Nestlé has also set
clear commitments and objectives
to use sustainably managed and renewable resources, operate more
efficiently, achieve zero waste for disposal and improve water management.
The company also continues to actively participate in initiatives that
reduce food loss and waste, and preserve our forests, oceans and
Read more about our work on environmental sustainability in the
Nestlé in society global report 2016 (English PDF)