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PepsiCo to set up PET bottles recycling plant in Delhi


PepsiCo India plans to establish a facility in Delhi to recycle used PET plastic bottles to reduce its impact on environment. The food and beverage company said it plans to collect and recycle used PET bottles equivalent to its products sold in the national capital. "As a responsible leader in the food and beverage industry, we are continually working to reduce the impact of our packaging on the environment and increase recycling of plastic waste," PepsiCo India President and CEO Ahmed ElSheikh said. "To this end, we have partnered with Gem Enviro to set up Reverse Vending Machines, collection points and collection centres for used PET bottles at several locations across the city. The programme will also provide training to waste pickers and ensure effective recycling of the used PET collected," he said. It will pilot the first-ever 100 per cent compostable, plant-based packaging for its popular snacks - Lay's and Kurkure this year. On Friday, ElSheikh and Varun Beverages Ltd Founder Chairman Ravi Kant Jaipuria met Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan to express PepsiCo's commitment to support plastic waste management in the capital city.