Indian fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company Dabur has become India’s first plastic waste-neutral company, meaning it collects, processes and recycles as much packaging as it sells.

In the fiscal year 2022 (FY22), the company collected, processed and recycled around 27,000mt of post-consumer plastic waste from across the country.

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Dabur India operations executive director Shahrukh Khan said: “It is a matter of great pride for the entire Dabur family, who have worked towards not just collecting plastic waste from our cities, towns and villages, but also preventing the waste from reaching our landfills and oceans.

“This includes all types of plastic waste, from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene HDPE bottles, polypropylene (PP) caps and labels to multi-layered plastics and beverage cartons.

“We have made significant progress in our environment, social and governance (ESG) journey and have now become the first Indian FMCG company to become plastic waste-neutral in India.”

Dabur launched its Plastic Waste Management initiative during the fiscal year 2018 as part of the Indian Government’s Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2016.

The company has collected more than 54,000mt of plastic waste directly from end-users through this initiative to date.

The latest achievement exceeds Dabur’s initial target of collecting and recycling more than 22,000mt of post-consumer plastic waste during FY22.

Khan added: “We surpassed that target three months ahead of schedule and have enhanced our full-year target to 26,956mt.

“The collected plastic waste is being sent to different recyclers, waste-to-energy plants and cement kilns.”

Dabur India has nine brands under various categories, including healthcare, personal space and food and beverage.

The company is registered with each of India’s State Pollution Control Boards and has been a verified brand-owner with the country’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) since November 2018.

In August last year, the Indian Government announced plans to ban the production, sale and use of several single-use plastic items from this July.