Mondelez commits to making all packaging recyclable by 2025

 
Globe News Wire
Updated 10/10/2018 10:21 AM
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Mondelez International announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025.

The company will work in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world. This new commitment is part of the company's strategy for a circular packaging economy and will help deliver its long-term vision for zero-net waste packaging.

The announcement reflects the company's new purpose to empower people to snack right by offering the right snack, at the right time, in the right way. This includes ensuring that the company's products are made with ingredients that are sustainably sourced, produced and delivered, with positive impact along the supply chain.

"As the global snacking leader, we're committing to using sustainably-sourced materials and recyclable packaging as part of our active contribution to reduce packaging waste and establish a circular economy for packaging," said Rob Hargrove, executive vice president, research, development, quality and innovation. "Plastic waste and its impact on the planet is a broad, systemic issue that our consumers care deeply about, and which requires a holistic response. Together with partners from across the industry, as well as public and private entities, we can help to develop practical solutions that result in a positive environmental impact."

"We welcome this action by Mondelez International following shareholder engagement on recyclable packaging and related plastic pollution issues," said Conrad MacKerron, senior vice president of As You Sow. "We hope the company can actually achieve this earlier than 2025 as every month seems to bring new findings about the severity of plastic pollution."

Targeting Zero-net Waste Packaging The company's strategy aims to deliver against its long-term vision for zero-net waste packaging by addressing two objectives: making it easier for consumers to recycle packaging and supporting industry coalitions to improve recycling rates. To achieve this, the company is committed to the following:

• All packaging will be made with recyclable material by 2025. The company will provide design guidelines for circular economy to packaging developers, set priorities and identify materials to use or avoid across its packaging range.

• All paper-based packaging will be sustainably sourced by 2020.

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