Accra, June 5, GNA -Nestlé has set the bold global ambition of making 100 percent of its packaging either recyclable or re-usable by 2025, as part of its pledge to play an active role in combating plastic pollution.
The company’s aim is to help consumers dispose of used materials in the right way, while promoting a market for recycled plastics by continuing to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in its packaging.
A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday said it was the vision of the company that none of its packaging, including plastics, ended up in landfill.
It said Nestlé was looking to develop the well-organized collection, sorting and recycling schemes across all countries where it operated.
The statement noted that in Central and West Africa for example, Nestlé was supporting the Ghanaian government’s efforts to better manage plastic waste, as one of eight founding members of the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE).
As part of this coalition, the statement said Nestlé was working with other major industrial companies including Unilever and Coca-Cola, to integrate sustainable waste management solutions and advocated improved waste management practices in Ghana.
It said with population of more than 28 million, the country had one of the fastest-growing economies in the world today, but had a severe and fast-growing waste management problem.
The statement said the coalition’s main aim included: contributing to increased collection and recycling rates across the country, provide employment opportunities through scalable recycling solutions, and engaging with the government to help tackle the problem of plastic waste.
It urged all to make change the littering habits to reduce the serious impact of plastic pollution on our environment.
The statement said Nestlé’s overarching ambition was to strive for zero environmental impact in its global operations by 2030, as part of the company’s purpose to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.
“Five out of seven Nestlé factories in Central &West Africa Region have zero waste to landfill. We have also started initiates to recycle Maggi wrappers.
“Nestlé has also set clear commitments and objectives to use sustainably managed and renewable resources, operate more efficiently, achieve zero waste for disposal and improve water management.
“The company also continues to actively participate in initiatives that reduce food loss and waste, and preserve our forests, oceans and biodiversity,” it said.
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