Nestlé signs European Plastics Pact

The firm aims to reduce the use of virgin plastics by a third and achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

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Nestlé has signed the European Plastics Pact, reinforcing its commitment to reduce the use of virgin plastics by a third by 2025.

The pact aims to stop plastic packaging waste ending up in landfills, oceans, lakes and rivers and aims to enable firms to start using 100% recyclable or reusable packaging.

The European Plastics Pact, launched by France and the Netherlands, focuses on accelerating the transition towards a circular plastics economy and moving away from fossil fuel-based materials.

Nestlé also plans to reduce virgin plastic products and packaging by at least 20%, raise collection and recycling capacity in Europe for plastic packaging by at least 25% and boost the use of recycled plastics in packaging to an average of at least 30%.

Marco Settembri, Nestlé CEO for Europe, Middle East and North Africa: “We are pleased to sign the European Pact. One of our joint objectives is to create a circular economy by improving collection, sorting and recycling schemes across Europe.

“In the UK, Buxton made an important announcement that their whole range will be made from recycled plastic next year. We want to make sure that also other packaging, such as our wrappers and pouches, can be recycled into new food packaging.”