Nestlé has announced a commitment to helping reduce waste and boost responsible disposal in Chile by supporting a new recycling network.
The company has backed the “Collective Recycling Project,” which aims to recycle about 1,200 tons of waste per year through the installation of five recycling centers in the capital city of Santiago.
The project is a joint collaboration with Walmart Chile, Coca-Cola Chile, PepsiCo and Unilever, with the goal of improving waste management in the country.
The new sites will be managed by Triciclos, an organization specializing in recycling and sustainable consumption, providing consumers with an easy and efficient way to recycle their household waste.
Nestlé says each center can recycle roughly 20 different types of materials, including glass, PET plastic, aluminium, paper, cardboard and clothes - avoiding further waste to landfill.
In turn, the companies will be provided with useful energy recovery data on each type of waste. Nestlé says it plans to use this information to redesign its product packaging to reduce waste and improve the environmental performance of its products.
The company’s latest environmental sustainability pledge is part of its commitment to eliminate waste at every level of its operations — a goal it is already well on its way to achieving in Europe.
Last month, Nestlé announced another collaboration with Coke and Unilever — along with Danone, Ford, Heinz, Nike, P&G and WWF — for the formation of the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance. The group has committed to support the responsible development of plastics made from plant material and guide the responsible selection and harvesting of feedstocks — such as sugar cane, corn, bulrush and switchgrass — used to make plastics from agricultural materials.