Nestlé pledges increase in recycled plastics use in EU

plasticsFood and beverage firm Nestlé has pledged to increase the amount of recycled plastics it uses in some of its packaging across the European Union (EU) by 2025. The company is working to increase the proportion of recycled plastics it utilises in its packaging, with a commitment to using at least 25% recycled PET (rPET) in its plastic bottles across Europe by 2025, as per the press release.

Nestlé plans to ensure that its 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 by 2025 depending on the packaging type.

The company aims for 25% rPET in bottles and the PERT layer in laminate food packaging, 30% recycled polypropylene (rPP) content in caps on glass jars and tins, 50% rPET in meat product trays, and 50% recycled polyethylene (rPE) content in shrink films, according to the statement.

“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,” said Marco Settembri, Nestlé CEO for Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Earlier this year Nestlé had announced its plan to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. As part of this effort, the firm intends to focus on three core areas including eliminating non-recyclable plastics; encouraging the use of plastics to allow better recycling rates; and removing changing complex combinations of packaging materials.