Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced plans to use 25% of recycled content for its plastic packaging by 2021 as part of its sustainable plastics vision.
As part of its commitment, the company is extending its collaboration with Canadian supplier Plastrec and other suppliers in a move to quadruple the use of food-grade recycled plastic (rPET) within three years.
The partnership also complements the company’s recent agreement with recycled PET plastic (rPET) supplier CarbonLITE, enabling it to establish a third rPET plant in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, US.
It is also part of its parent company Nestlé’s goal to develop a circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging litter.
Last month, Nestlé signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in a move to tackle environmental pollution caused by plastic waste.
Nestlé Waters North America president and CEO Fernando Mercé said: “We want to take the ‘single’ out of ‘single-use’ bottles. Our bottles were never meant to be thrown in the garbage, we carefully design them to be collected, recycled, and repurposed.
“PET plastic is a valuable resource that, if recycled properly, can be used to create new bottles again and again. We’re proving that it can be done by making bottles out of other bottles, not ten years from now, but today.”
The beverage maker plans to expand the use of recycled materials to 50% by 2025 in the coming years.
Nestlé Waters is also offering a $6m investment through the Closed Loop Fund in a move to recycle infrastructure in the US.
The fund focuses on supporting enhanced recycling programmes in municipalities such as Waterbury, Connecticut, with a goal of increasing the city recycling rate from 6% to 25% by 2020.