Nestlé and Veolia partner to tackle plastics waste

Magdi Batato, executive vice president, head of operations at Nestlé

Nestlé and resource management company Veolia are to develop recycling schemes as part of a collaboration aimed at reducing plastics leakage into the environment. The partnership will focus on waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastics material, with a particular emphasis on flexible plastics packaging.

Nestlé and Veolia will target 11 priority countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe and the partnership will explore technologies to establish viable models of recycling in different countries.

This will include chemical recycling technologies like pyrolysis, which is capable of producing virgin quality plastics. According to Nestlé, these technologies will help it to increase the recycled content of its bottled water packaging to 35 per cent and its overall product packaging to 15 per cent by 2025.

“Plastics waste is a challenge that requires an ecosystem of solutions all working simultaneously. This partnership is another specific step to accelerate our efforts in addressing the critical issue of plastics waste,” said Magdi Batato, executive vice president and head of operations at Nestlé. “Leveraging on Veolia’s technology and expertise, we will start with pilot projects in multiple countries, with the intention of scaling these up globally.”

Laurent Auguste, senior executive vice president for development, innovation and markets at Veolia, added: “We believe it is time to move towards more recycling of materials and we are happy to help our clients be ever more inventive so they can keep improving our quality of life, whilst protecting our planet and its resources.”

Nestlé’s partnership with Veolia follows a series of initiatives to accelerate action on tackling plastics waste, in line with its commitment to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.