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Our 4,200 sites worldwide are eliminating single-use plastics that can’t be recycled or reused and replacing them with materials that can. We ensure that there’s a way to collect and handle recyclable materials where they’re used. And we’re communicating loud and clear our commitment to recycling.

Every litter bit helps

Globally, our employees at all levels have dedicated their volunteering days to the removal of litter. To mark World Oceans Day 2019, more than 5,000 Nestlé employees and their families gathered in 66 different locations to remove plastic waste from local water bodies. For more information on how you can get involved, check out the World Ocean Day website.

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Nestlé colleagues standing in a field and gathered around a poster which says Great British Spring Clean on it.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean

For the third year running, Nestlé proudly sponsored the Great British Spring Clean, the nation’s biggest litter pick organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

A team of volunteers from our York office got involved and cleaned up the Clifton Backies nature reserve, collecting 20 bags of rubbish, as part of the campaign. 

Our employees were encouraged to take part in litter picking in their local community, record their miles and the rubbish they collect. Employees were able to use their volunteering hours to participate during work hours.

Our flexible friends

We’ve joined with Ella’s Kitchen, Mars, Ecover and Taylors of Harrogate to form the Flexible Packaging Consortium. Collectively, we commissioned a report from waste and recycling experts SUEZ.

The report recommends that flexible packaging for recycling be brought into kerbside collections across the UK from 2023. Currently around 215 billion items of flexible plastic packaging, such as confectionery wrappers, pet and baby food pouches, bread bags and crisp packets, are on the market in the UK each year. Most is sent to landfill.

Read the press release >

Read the report >

flexible plastic packaging recycling in the UK

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We’re expanding the usage of our standard recycling information on all of our UK products to give consumers clearer instructions about how to recycle their packaging.

Read Leeds by Example Impact Report 2019’