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Nestlé Canada Becomes a Founding Signatory to the Canada Plastics Pact

Committing to Meet Ambitious Circular Economy Goals by 2025
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Today, Nestlé Canada joined the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative that brings together industry, government and social organizations from across Canada’s plastics value chain. 

The goal of the CPP is to drive significant system-wide change towards a circular economy by rethinking the way that we design, use and reuse plastics by 2025.

“Our vision at Nestlé Canada is that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in a landfill or as litter. As the largest food and beverage company in the world, we are positioned to make a significant contribution to improving the health of our planet and to making a real difference,” said John Carmichael, Incoming President & CEO, Nestlé Canada. “We are a founding member of the Canada Plastics Pact and excited to work collaboratively with our industry and government partners to pioneer alternative packaging materials, support increased investments in recycling infrastructure, and drive recycling behaviour in pursuit of a circular economy.”

As part of the CPP, companies like Nestlé Canada recognize that significant change is necessary to realize a circular economy for plastics. As such, more than 35 partners have joined the Canada Plastics Pact, representing diverse parts of the plastics value chain, from leading brands to waste management companies, government institutions, and NGOs.

As a member of the CPP, Nestlé Canada has agreed to collectively make efforts achieving four ambitious goals by 2025:

  • Define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and take measures to eliminate them
  • Support efforts towards 100% of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • Undertake actions to ensure that at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted
  • Ensure an average of at least 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging (by weight)

"Joining together through the CPP is a diverse group of leaders from across Canada's plastics value chain," says David Hughes, CEO, The Natural Step Canada, the host organization of the CPP.  "While I am impressed by their genuine commitment to achieving a zero plastic waste economy, it is their willingness to break down barriers between each other to scale truly innovative solutions that I find most inspiring".

Canada’s Plastics Pact is the latest country to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network, a globally-aligned response to plastic waste and pollution. In line with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision of a circular economy for plastic, the CPP facilitates innovation and knowledge sharing, and drives collaborative action and solutions tailored to Canada’s unique needs and challenges.

Nestlé believes there is an urgent need to minimize the impact packaging has on the environment. Currently, 87% of its packaging is recyclable or reusable and Nestlé will continue to make progress on its efforts to make 100% of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025. Nestlé also seeks to reduce its use of virgin plastic by one third by 2025.  These efforts build on more than a decade of progress and investment to achieve Nestlé’s ambitious sustainability goals. More information on the Nestlé sustainability plan can be found at https://www.nestle.com.

 

About the Canada Plastics Pact

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) is tackling plastic waste and pollution, as a multi-stakeholder, industry-led, cross-value chain collaboration platform. The CPP brings together Partners who are united behind a vision of creating a circular economy in Canada in which plastic waste is kept in the economy and out of the environment. It  unites businesses, government, non-governmental organizations and other key actors in the local plastics value chain behind clear actionable targets for 2025. By aligning with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network and the New Plastics Economy’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics, CPP Partners commit to fundamentally rethinking the way we design, use, and reuse plastic packaging.

Further information: www.plasticspact.ca | @CanadaPact

About Nestlé Canada

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company present in 189 countries. Nestlé in Canada locally manufactures and/or distributes some of the world's most recognized and trusted brands, including LEAN CUISINE, NESQUIK, NESTLÉ GOOD START, HÄAGEN-DAZS, KIT KAT, NESCAFÉ, NESTLÉ PURE LIFE and NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK. Its 4,500+ employees in locations across Canada are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.  In 2016, Nestlé celebrated its 150-year anniversary, and has been present in Canada since 1887.  More information and details are available at www.corporate.nestle.ca.

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