Sidel has become the latest company to sign up to the ‘New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’ to eliminate plastic waste and pollution.

The initiative is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment.

Sidel joins the coalition of businesses and governments who are signatories of the commitment, which was introduced in October last year.

According to the company, the commitment will help reduce its plastic footprint, as well as encourage the reuse and recycling of plastic products.

Sidel sustainability officer Luc Desoutter said: “By signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment, we have undertaken another important step towards a more sustainable future.

“Together with our clients and business partners we want to continue playing a key role when it comes to addressing the increasing challenges of packaging, food safety and environmental impacts.”

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As part of its commitment, the packaging firm is planning to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and new delivery models, and embracing reuse models.

It also aims to make 100% of its plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

Desoutter added: “Technologically and industrially, PET, can and glass can all be recycled. There is also an economical value in doing so: the value of a bale of PET bottles can range between €300 and €600 per tonne, depending on its quality.

“PET can be brought back into the value chain, it shouldn’t be considered part of the problem.

“We are witnessing a significant shift in attitudes towards how PET is recycled and we want to use our engagement as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to support and promote this development towards maximum collection and recycling rates.”