Year one of plastic neutrality: Nestlé PH recovers 27,000 tons of waste

Nestlé Philippines has achieved a fresh milestone in tackling plastic waste as it completes its first year of plastic neutrality, the first multinational fast-moving consumer goods company in the country to do so. 

Year one of plastic neutrality: Nestlé PH recovers 27,000 tons of waste

Since August 2020, the company has collected, co-processed, and diverted from the environment over 27,000 metric tons of plastic waste, slightly above the volume of used plastic in the packaging that it has put out in the market over the past year. 

Nestlé Philippines partners with various organizations to achieve and sustain Plastic Neutrality. Following its first year of being plastic neutral, it believes that it can do more by working together with its employees, consumers and other stakeholders.
 
The milestone comes as Nestlé Philippines marks its 110th year in the country, determined to intensify its initiatives towards a waste-free future, with a commitment to make its packaging, including plastics, 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. Additionally, it commits to reduce a third of virgin plastic use within the same time frame. More specifically, Nestlé Philippines will reduce its use of virgin plastics by 1,100 metric tons in 2021 and is continuously looking for more sustainable packaging through its research centers globally.

The Philippines is the third-largest source of ocean plastic worldwide. Nestlé continues to accelerate its initiatives to address plastic waste holistically in the country across three focus areas: (1) developing the packaging for the future, through packaging and delivery innovation and plastic reduction; (2) helping to shape a waste-free future through increased collection and recycling; and (3) driving new behaviors and understanding through solid waste management education.

"As a food and beverage manufacturer with a major presence in the country, we are called upon to be at the forefront in confronting urgent issues that our planet faces. Our vision, which we are working hard to realize, is that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfills, in oceans, seas, and rivers. A few years ago, we identified plastic neutrality as a major step forward for us as a company and it is our most important environmental milestone to date. The way has been full of challenges, requiring significant investments and a learning curve as we acquired experience. But we have demonstrated that it can be done, and it is viable. We are grateful to our partners including Republic Cement, CEMEX Holdings Philippines, and Plastic Credit Exchange for enabling us to become plastic neutral," said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.

With its partners, Nestlé Philippines is collecting plastic waste from local government units and communities in different parts of the country. The waste is co-processed in cement kilns, a waste management method by which waste materials are processed at a very high temperature. This breaks down complex materials into simpler compounds and the energy or mineral content of wastes are completely recovered and utilized in the process of producing cement. Emissions from the process are filtered and monitored in compliance with standards of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Looking to the future, Mr. Marzouki said the company is advocating the passage of legislation that will put in place an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for plastic waste. EPR is a comprehensive policy approach in which a manufacturer's or importer's responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumption stage of its life cycle.
 
Nestlé also co-developed solid waste management modules for schools and also created condensed materials for teens and parents which have been endorsed by the National Solid Waste Management Commission

To do more together, Nestlé Philippines is encouraging consumers to become a Kasambuhay for the Environment. They can start by visiting Nes.tl/KasambuhayForTheEnvironment where they can access solid waste management modules developed for parents and teens, and learn about the waste cycle, proper segregation, recycling, and more. The website also lists locations where they can drop off their plastic waste for recycling, including Nestlé-sponsored collection points at SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, and SM Fairview, among other sites. 

To further its commitment to the planet, Nestlé launched the Isabuhay sa Bahay challenge which aims to encourage its 5,000 strong employees how to live a more sustainable lifestyle for the good of the planet

"At Nestlé Philippines, we are deeply committed to attaining our environmental goals, consistent with our vision of a waste-free future. As we have been in the Philippines for 110 years, we want to leave a legacy, anchored on our respect for the future and coming generations, that includes effectively caring for the planet," Mr. Marzouki said.

7 Comments:

  1. Wow..Ang Galing naman Laking tulong ito sa Environment..Sana mas marami pang Tao at maging sa bagay na to para Zero waste na ang buong Mundo

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  2. Ang GANDA Naman po Ng campaign na Ito Ng Nestlé Philippines. Waste-free future for the future and coming generations! Malaking tulong po Ito Sa kalinisan Ng ating kapaligiran at pagreduce Ng mga plastic wastes. The best talaga Ang Nestlé!

    *Ma. Cyril - Tanauan Leyte

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  3. Wow..ang galing naman ng campaign na ito..napakalaking tulong nito sa ating kapaligiran mabawasan ang mga basura at ma save natin ang ating mother earth.

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  4. Iba talaga ang ng campaign and promotion ng Nestle malaking tulong dapat tayo makiisa at suportahan dahil para saatin ito at kinabukasan ng ating mga anak

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  5. Tatak Nestlé Philippines, they are really committed in attaining tlaga to make our environment of a waste-free future, as far as I know, the only company na may goal in doing ao. Nakkatuwa,na may nagmamalasakit sa ating inang olaneta na would like to leave a legacy,that ahows love and care para sa susunod na generation,sana maadopt din ito ng mga tao para sa ikabubuti ng ating kapaligiran at nang buong mundo. Kudos Nestlé for the great program. Malaking tulong ito sa ating Kapaligiran 👌👌👌

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  6. Ganda naman nitong programa sana mag tuloy tuloy lang ito at madami matutulong dahil sa pagiging Eco friendly nila lahat makikinabang☺️☺️☺️

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  7. Good job Nestle Ph👍Malaking tulong po ito sa atin kapaligiran ang inyong advocacy. Hoping people see the effort of nestle ph on reducing waste as it's destroying our beautiful blue and green planet... Keep it up👍

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