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Nestlé sets out packaging and waste reduction targets

Food producer Nestlé has set out ambitious targets to achieve zero waste in all 14 of its UK factories, as well as committing to making 95% of its packaging in the UK and Ireland recyclable in the next five years.

These sustainability targets are included in Nestlé’s Creating Shared Values 2010 report, which details the long-term sustainability vision for the company.

According to the report, Nestlé, famed for brands such as KitKat and Aero, has achieved a reduction of 57% of waste going to landfill from its factories but wants to improve this to achieve zero waste to landfill and full recovery of unavoidable by-products.

One factory in Girvan, Scotland, has achieved the zero waste to landfill target five years ahead of schedule, by implementing source-segregated collections.

Nestlé UK & Ireland chairman Paul Grimwood said: “We are determined to drive down waste at all levels of our operations – whether it’s aiming for zero waste to landfill or helping our consumers to reduce the amount they throw away by providing recyclable packaging.

“I am extremely proud that the team in Girvan has achieved zero waste to landfill five years ahead of target, and we expect at least one other site to follow suit shortly.”

The report also highlights Nestlé’s efforts to reduce the amount of packaging it uses, pointing to a 12.6% reduction in the past year. The company has also said it wants to achieve a 10% increase in renewable energy usage across the business in the UK and Ireland in the next five years.

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