Nestlé launches a Waste Management Program to tackle plastic pollution

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Nestlé has partnered with local sustainability consultant TS Environment to set up a plastics waste recovery programme in Ethiopia. The objective of the programme is to achieve plastics neutrality within the next 12 months. The programme will accelerate the process of collecting, recycling and sustainable disposal of plastic waste in Ethiopia.

“Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle plastic and this partnership will help us to achieve our goal,” said Wossenyeleh Shiferaw, Nestlé Horn of Africa Cluster Manager.

“Leveraging on TS Environment’s technology and expertise, we will start with a pilot plastic waste recovery system targeting specific locations across Addis Ababa, with the intention of scaling this up in the near future,” Wossenyeleh added.

Nestlé’s plastics waste management initiative will also create income generating opportunities throughout the value chain, for instance the local residents and the youth will benefit from the collection, sorting, weighing and transportation services.

As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé has been committed in taking a leadership role in tackling the plastic waste challenge. In 2018, the company made a global commitment to make 100% of its packaging, recyclable or reusable by 2025.