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Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

23rd March 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Nestlé Australia has led an eight-strong collaboration to develop that country’s first soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content.

Nestlé’s prototype recycled wrapper.

The prototype KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic, turning it back into oil, and then creating the food-grade wrapper.

According to Nestlé, the aim of the partnership was to close the loop on recycling soft plastics, and by co-developing the recycled plastic packaging, KitKat Australia was one of the first movers in this area.

It was also driven by the multinational’s pledge to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one-third by 2025.

The current lack of infrastructure for food-grade recycled soft plastic packaging – for both collection and processing – has prevented any activity at scale to date, resulting in more waste going to landfill.

Nestlé Australia chief executive Sandra Martinez said the project had been driven by a shared determination to resolve the soft plastics challenge – and an enormous amount of goodwill.

“Between us, we have shown that there’s a pathway to solve the soft plastics problem,” she said.

“To build this at scale, across all states and territories, across hundreds of councils, is going to take a huge effort from government at all levels, from industry and from consumers, but I think it can be done.

“Manufacturers like Nestlé will have a key role in driving demand for food-grade recycled soft plastic packaging and creating market conditions that will ensure all stakeholders throughout the value chain view soft plastics as a resource and not waste.”

Alongside Nestlé, partners in the process included CurbCycle, iQ Renew, Licella, Viva Energy Australia, LyondellBasell, REDcycle, Taghleef Industries and Amcor.



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