At Nestlé India, focus is on reducing waste generation through its packaging. It aims to use the minimum adequate packaging by weight and volume, and ensure that it is recovered and recycled at the end of its useful life. It is also intensifying its efforts to develop innovative new materials that can deliver the desired protection and functionality of incumbent packaging materials with better environmental performance.
As a responsible manufacturer of food products, it has also initiated few pilot projects collectively with few industry partners under guidance of central pollution control Board, state pollution control board and urban local bodies as part of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) to collect, segregate, recycle and recover plastic waste in a sustainable way. This initiative ensures compliance to local legislation "Plastic Waste Management Rules' 2016 as amended in 2018".
At present, Nestle is committed to renowned 3R's principles i.e. 'reduce', 'recycle' and 'recover' to be environment sustainable:
Reduce : Packaging optimization by ensuring eco designing of packaging in a sustainable way.
Recycle : Encouraging use of recycled material where ever applicable, Nestle is also exploring packaging with recyclable friendly structure.
Recover : Under Extended Producers Responsibility, Nestle has taken many initiatives to recover post consumer waste by converting multilayered plastic waste to energy.
A Gasolyser Pilot unit at Tahliwal has also been installed to convert its factory plastic waste to fuel.