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Nestlé ready to bin ‘unrecyclable’ packaging materials

Nestlé has put several materials, such as polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene, on its so-called ‘negative list’. This move is a first step towards phasing out unrecyclable materials from its newest product lines.

We’ve all encountered the plastic lids on Nestlé’s famous Smarties candy packaging. It looks like they may not be around much longer. As of this year, the producer is avoiding ‘non-recyclable plastics/paper combinations’ in all its future packaging. This includes paper/plastic laminates, and laminated paper cups. Besides, Nestlé has pledged to remove such packaging from its existing portfolio.

The company will also be more cautious regarding the inclusion of sleeves, labels, films, trays, printing inks, as well as sealing layers in its packaging from now on. Ultimately, Nestlé strives to make 100% of its packaging either recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Investigating all options

‘While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100% recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis. We need to push the boundaries and do more,’ comments Nestlé ceo Mark Schneider.

He says: ‘We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now. We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.’

Schneider emphasises that collective action is vital. That’s why the company will establish special projects to engage with consumers, business partners and Nestlé colleagues worldwide. ‘So we all play our part,’ the ceo notes.

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