Nestlé pledges increase in recycled plastics in the European Union

Nestlé is making a significant increase in the amount of recycled plastics it uses in some of its packaging in the European Union.

By 2025, 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 per cent and 50 per cent recycled material, depending on the packaging type.

The pledge comes following Nestlé’s global packaging ambition, announced in April this year, where the company aims to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.

Nestlé CEO for Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa Marco Settembri said he was proud that the company was already taking first concrete steps to achieve its packaging ambitions.

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“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 Settembri.

PET bottles will contain at least 25 per cent rPET (Polyethylene terephthalate).

By 2025 the PET layer in the respective laminates will contain 25 per cent rPET.

By 2025 the caps on Nestlé’s glass jars and tins will contain 30 per cent rPP (recycled Polypropylene).

By 2025 the trays for our meat products will contain 50 per cent rPET.

By 2025 the shrink films for display trays will contain 50 per cent rPE (recycled Polyethylene).

Nestlé’s announcement contributes to the voluntary pledging exercise on recycled content by the European Commission.