How do you address plastic packaging waste?

A PET plastic bottle is a fully and easily recyclable material. It is not a waste but a resource that can be reused once collected. However, 1 in 2 bottles are not collected today.

We at Nestlé Waters are committed to the recovery of used PET plastic bottles, the packaging material we use for most of our bottles.

Focus on the end-of-life of PET bottles:
the packaging material most used by the beverage industry, is safe and has long been approved for use in food contact applications by regulatory authorities throughout the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union.

Focus on the end-of-life of PET bottles:
PET is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled plastic material. PET bottles are a resource, not waste. However, to extract the value of each bottle they must be collected, recycled, and reused in secondary applications, such as manufacturing new bottles, or for the textile industry.

We recognize that PET bottles ending up as waste is a challenge for the beverage industry. We therefore work with other stakeholders, including municipalities, NGOs, waste management and recycling organizations, and the private sector to improve the recovery rate of empty PET bottles.

The CBCRA has focused on improving PET bottle collection in public spaces.

In France, reverse vending machines are currently being tested as a means to complement existing waste management systems. And RECO, an innovative plastic bottle recycling program, uses special bottle bins positioned on retailer parking lots. Each time a customer inserts a bottle in the bin, they receive a 2-centime discount coupon!

Nestlé Waters North America has also announced it is investing $6 million in Closed Loop Fund as part of a shared effort among business, government and community partners to fund comprehensive recycling infrastructure and programs in cities across the United States.

Nestlé Waters and its experts also proactively explore opportunities for alternatives to virgin PET, notably recycled PET and bio-based PET. For example, thanks to the high recycling rate of California residents, and with help from its strategic partner CarbonLITE, our Arrowhead brand in the United States now ensures that all its bottles made in California incorporate 50% post-consumer recycled plastic content. Most recently, our Nestlé Pure Life brand introduced a 700-mL bottle made from 100% recycled plastic on retail store shelves in North America.

We also support bio-based PET, viewing it as an opportunity to move from petroleum-based PET to PET sourced from fully renewable sources. Nestlé Waters’ brands such as Levissima in Italy are already using a percentage of bio-based PET in their bottles. In February 2018, the Nestlé Waters brand Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water announced the introduction of a 700-ml bottle made from 100% r-PET. We continue to engage with other stakeholders to understand and optimize the supply and environmental performance of these materials.

Weight reduction: Nestlé Waters has reduced the average weight of its bottles by nearly 22% in ten years (2006 to 2016).

Recyclable-by-design principles: We apply recyclable-by-design principles when developing new packaging, which includes avoiding the use of materials and/or compounds that could reduce the quality of recycled PET.