The Indian branch of consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) has been certified as a ‘plastic waste-neutral’ company for the fiscal year 2021-22.

In a press release posted on Packaging 360, the firm said that it had recycled all its post-consumer plastic packaging waste.

During the year, P&G India was able to collect, process and recycle more than 19,000t of post-consumer plastic.

This is greater than the amount of plastic the company uses to package its products each year.

Brands owned by P&G include Ariel, Tide, Whisper, Gillette, Oral-B, Head & Shoulders and Vicks.

The company works with recycling partners across 75 Indian cities to collect plastic, which is then sent to recycling stations, waste-to-energy plants and cement kilns.

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P&G Indian Sub-Continent CEO Madhusudan Gopalan said: “We are proud of the significant progress we have made on environmental sustainability and achieving ‘plastic waste neutrality’ is a key milestone in this journey.

“Plastic waste does not belong in the environment, and we will continue to partner with multiple stakeholders in our efforts to reduce and recycle packaging waste.

“We have made strong progress across our brands, our supply chain and our operations with support from our partners and employees.

“We are fully committed to making a positive impact in the world and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Other Indian fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies that have become plastic waste-neutral include Dabur and Nestle India.

P&G India has also announced plans to develop two more in-house solar plants at its manufacturing sites in Goa and Mandideep in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

These will complement the solar plant that the company established at its Hyderabad manufacturing site last year.

In July last year, P&G collaborated with paper bottle company Paboco to create the first paper bottle for its Lenor fabric softener brand.