Nestlé Pledges Zero Waste to Landfill, Expands Recycled Content

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by | Oct 8, 2015

Nestle logoNestlé has committed to achieve zero waste to landfill status in all US factories by 2020 and pledged to expand its use of recycled content to by the end of 2016.

Both waste management commitments coincide with the release of Nestlé’s second corporate sustainability report, published this week.

Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value (CSV) report says in 2014, 12 facilities in the US achieved zero waste to landfill status. In 2015, 25 facilities — including all Nestlé’ USA factories — accomplished this.

The 2014 report also says Nestlé increased its onsite energy consumption from renewable resources of 24 percent compared to 2010.

Nestlé reduced water withdrawals per metric ton of product by 9 percent in 2014, compared to 2010 and, in its CSV report, added three objectives to address heightened concerns around water conservation:

  • By 2016, it will implement projects in California facilities that will save 144 million gallons of water annually.
  • By 2017, it will implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship international standard in its water bottling and food manufacturing factories in California.
  • By 2018, it will commit to conducting a water resources review at six of its priority sites across the US.

Earlier this year Nestlé came under fire for its water bottling operations in California, which is in its fourth year of drought.

As the company works to improve its bottle water reputation, Nestlé says its Arrrowhead bottled water brand will expand its use of recycled content to by the end of 2016, increasing Arrowhead’s use of recycled content by 38 percent and ensuring that most of its bottle sizes contain up to 50 percent rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate).

The company says the recycled content increase excluded 3- and 5-gallon containers, which are reusable.

Arrowhead first introduced bottles made from recycled PET (rPET) three years ago and says the latest announcement is part of its efforts to support recycling in California.

Arrowhead is partnering with Los Angeles-based CarbonLITE Industries to provide the rPET material used in its bottles. The recycled materials are primarily collected in California. CarbonLITE CEO Leon Farahnik says the move will save Arrowhead 20,000 tons of CO2 annually.

In July, another one of Nestlé’s bottled water brands, resource Natural Spring Water, launched new bottles made with 100 percent rPET, excluding the cap and the label.



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