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June 8, 2018

Major companies announce plans to curb plastic waste

Major Indian and multinational companies from different industries have committed to reduce usage of plastics in their businesses and enhance recycling on the World Environment Day.

Major Indian and multinational companies from different industries have committed to reduce usage of plastics in their businesses and enhance recycling on the World Environment Day.

The companies which pledged to reduce the use of plastic include domestic firm ITC and Indian divisions of RB, PepsiCo, Nestle and Hyundai.

"The problem of solid waste management is one of epic proportions and requires each organ of the society to make a meaningful contribution."

Over the next ten years, ITC is planning to ensure that 100% of its product packaging will be reusable and recyclable.

The company will also step up its solid waste management programmes.

ITC managing director Sanjiv Puri said: “The problem of solid waste management is one of epic proportions and requires each organ of the society and more so, enterprises that are large economic organs of the society, to make a meaningful contribution.”

FMCG firm RB has also announced that it will make 100% of its plastic packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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Meanwhile, food and beverages company PepsiCo India stated that it will find solutions to increase recovery and recycling of its post-consumer plastic waste in the next few years.

The company will introduce a plant-based, 100% compostable packaging for Lay’s and Kurkure snacks products on a trial basis in India.

Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), which is a body of cement producers in the country, also unveiled plans to curb the use of disposable plastic by the sector.

The industry body plans to use all plastic waste generated by local bodies within a radius of 200-250km from any integrated cement plant.

CMA president Shailendra Chouksey said: “We will have the potential to consume 12 million tonnes of plastic waste in our kilns annually by 2025, resulting in conservation of conventional fuels such as coal to the extent of 10%.”

Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor India has disclosed plans to reduce the usage of plastics across all its offices, dealers and service networks.

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