Nestlé Waters North America has announced that it will achieve 25% recycled plastic use across its US product portfolio by 2021, and set a bold ambition to reach 50% by 2025.
The company is expanding its relationship with key supplier, Plastrec, and working with other suppliers, to support the company’s ability to nearly quadruple its use of food-grade recycled plastic, or rPET, in less than three years. This comes on the heels of Nestlé Waters’ announcement last month about the expansion of its partnership with CarbonLITE, as the rPET supplier builds a third U.S. facility in Pennsylvania.
“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,” said Fernando Mercé, President and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America.
“PET plastic is a valuable resource that, if recycled properly, can be used to create new bottles again and again,” he added. “We’re proving that it can be done by making bottles out of other bottles, not ten years from now, but today.”
The announcement follows Nestlé Waters North America’s recent announcement that it will expand its partnership with CarbonLITE to scale-up supplies of rPET.
This latest milestone is part of parent company Nestlé SA’s broader ambition to develop a circular economy for plastics, and to prevent packaging from ending up as litter.