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Mondelēz International joins leading plastic waste initiatives

Posted: 30 March 2020 | | No comments yet

The initiatives share a collective ambition to address plastic waste and pollution at its source, by moving toward a circular economy where plastic stays in the economy and out of the environment.

Mondelēz International joins leading plastic waste initiatives

Mondelēz International, Inc. has announced that it has joined two leading initiatives focused on tackling plastic waste and pollution, as the company accelerates its efforts to reduce its impact on people and the planet.

Mondelēz International is now a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, as well as a participant in the New Plastics Economy Initiative, and a member of the UK Plastics Pact. 

As part of a long-term commitment to reduce environmental impact, the company set 2025 packaging innovation targets to ensure 100 percent of packaging is designed to be recycled, contains on-pack recycling information and contributes to the company’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions. Currently, 93 percent of the company’s total packaging, including both plastic and non-plastic, is designed to be recycled.

“We believe that sector-wide initiatives, in collaboration with government, are key to reducing the impact of packaging on our planet,” said Christine Montenegro McGrath, Vice President of Sustainability and Global Impact at Mondelēz International. “Through our partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and in joining The UK Plastics Pact, we are accelerating our work toward creating zero net waste packaging and improving recycling globally, and we are fully committed to their vision.”

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment has set 2025 targets which Mondelēz International, along with signatories from government, business and other organisations, has formally endorsed. As part of the Global Commitment, Mondelēz International will work towards the following:

  • Take action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging by 2025
  • 100 percent of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable
  • Use five percent recycled content (by weight) across all plastic packaging used
  • Take action to move from single-use towards reuse models where relevant.

As a member of the UK Plastics Pact, which is the first in a global network of Pacts which are aligned with, and support the New Plastics Economy initiative, Mondelēz International commits to working towards delivering the UK Plastics Pact 2025 targets by:

  • Eliminating unnecessary and problematic packaging and plastic products
  • Ensuring all plastic packaging is recyclable in practice
  • Using recycled plastic in our packaging wherever possible.

“We are delighted to have Mondelēz International sign up to The UK Plastics Pact. Through our first-of-a-kind Pact we are working together with governments, citizens and business to transform the way we make, use and dispose of plastic so that we retain its value, but prevent it from polluting the environment,” said Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP, the organisation behind the Pact.

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