Nestlé Philippines and building materials provider CEMEX Holdings Philippines have entered a partnership agreement to divert plastic waste in Cebu province.

The agreement is part of Nestlé Philippines initiative under a long-term plastic waste collection and recovery programme.

It was signed by Nestlé Philippines chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki and CEMEX Holdings Philippines president and CEO Ignacio Mijares Elizondo.

Marzouki said: “We welcome this new agreement and we thank CEMEX Holdings Philippines for making it possible for us to further intensify our actions to address plastic waste.

“We are happy to extend this initiative beyond the National Capital Region to Cebu in our efforts to reach various areas of the country.”

As part of this partnership, Nestlé Philippines, along with its programme partners and authorised transportation provider, will collect post-consumer soft plastics.

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These pre-process plastics will be transported to the CEMEX Holdings Philippines’ subsidiary APO Cement Corporation’s plant in Tinaan, Naga City in Cebu to co-process the post-consumer soft plastics.

Elizondo said: “We’re very excited to jumpstart our partnership with Nestlé, the largest food and beverage conglomerate in the world. We recognise and gladly support Nestlé’s commitment to tackling plastic waste.

“CEMEX and Nestlé have a shared vision to make a significant difference and contribute to the economic, social and environmental growth of the Philippines.”

In April 2018, Nestlé commits to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Last month, Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) expanded its sustainable packaging to three more US domestic still water brands including Ozarka Brand, Deer Park Brand and Zephyrhills Brand.