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Working towards a waste-free future

We are dependent upon forests, soils, and the climate to deliver a sustainable supply of resources for our operations. We have set commitments and objectives to use and manage resources sustainably by operating more efficiently, responding to climate change, reducing food loss and waste, caring for water and improving the environmental performance of our packaging.



100% of our packaging will be recyclable or reusable in 2025.

  • We will take actions to reduce food waste by half by 2030 throughout the value chain.
  • We have a worldwide commitment to send zero waste to landfill at all Nestlé centers in 2020.

In Sri Lanka

100% of our packaging will be recyclable or reusable in 2025.

2025: 100% consumer reach on food waste programmes.

2025: 100% employee reach on food waste programmes.

2025: 100% consumer reach on important information about sustainability.



We have already taken some steps by partners such as:
  • The New Plastics Economy, in the signing of its Global Commitment.
  • The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, developing functional and environmentally friendly packaging.
  • Danimer Scientific, for the development of a biodegradable marine bottle.
  • Origin Materials and Danone, to create the NaturALL Bottle Alliance.
  • PureCycle Technologies, to produce recycled food grade polypropylene (pp).
  • The STOP Project, to prevent the spillage of plastic into the ocean.
  • Veolia, to work in the collection, classification and recycling of plastic materials.
  • NextGen Cup Challenge, to develop a compostable and recyclable fibre cup.
  • Carbios and L'Oréal, to support the world’s first enzymatic technology for plastic recycling.
  • Loop, with whom we will develop reusable containers.
  • Our employees around the world, who participate in cleaning activities in natural environment.

In addition, we are removing plastic straws from our products and non- recyclable single-use plastic items from our offices and factories around the world.

And we have launched new products in paper packaging and also with a part of plastic already recycled.

Since 2016, we have been reporting the loss of food and waste generated in our factories in accordance with the Food Loss and Waste Protocol of the World Resources Institute.

In Sri Lanka

More than 85% of our packaging is recyclable.

We no longer offer any plastic promotional items with our products.

We have achieved zero waste for disposal at our factory.

Making My Sri Lanka more sustainable by reducing, reusing and recycling plastic

Reducing non recyclable packaging from our portfolio

We have committed to making 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Our vision is that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter. Currently, over 85% of our packaging is recyclable and plans are underway to reduce our plastic footprint in Sri Lanka.

Launch of UHT milk carton recycling facility

We, together with Tetra Pak and other stakeholders are pioneering the launch of Sri Lanka’s first UHT milk carton recycling facility, to be completed by March 2020.

Zero plastic promotional items

All our Nestlé offices and facilities in Sri Lanka are driving a plastic waste-free culture and have taken a conscious call to stop plastic promotional items from April 2020. Through this initiative, we will eliminate around 250 metric tonnes of plastic during the year.


School Waste Management Awareness Programmes

We have joined hands with the Ministry of Education and Central Environment Authority (CEA) to raise awareness on proper waste management in schools. Through this partnership, the CEA will educate school environmental societies, empowering Sri Lanka’s future generations to spread awareness on this worthy cause. We will donate waste management units to these schools to establish a proper collection and segregation system within school premises, impacting over 150,000 children.


Employee Volunteering Programmes

We have started several voluntary projects to clean-up litter from public areas. On World Oceans Day in 2019, close to 100 Nestlé employees and 40 Kelaniya University students - under the banner ‘Nestlé Cares’- cleaned up the Mattakkuliya and Marawila beaches of almost 1,000 kg of waste, out of which 48% was plastic. We are also developing public-awareness campaigns to encourage more green behaviour, and empower a collective approach to sustainably managing waste.

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Zero waste for disposal factory

Our factory, located in Kurunegala, has achieved zero waste for disposal, which means that nothing goes to landfill or is incinerated without energy being recovered from the process. The decision to achieve zero waste for disposal illustrates Nestlé’s commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices. By relentlessly eliminating all sources of waste, and/or by recycling or recovering energy from unavoidable residues, we are proud to have saved waste from going to landfill or being incinerated without energy being recovered from the process.

Waste management

We organise the management of our solid waste by quantifying and weighing our waste and introducing more effective ways of disposing it. Through this system, we have been able to monitor the exact quantities of solid waste generated and have been able to take measures to reduce them. We have also initiated the segregation and disposal of hazardous wastes and E waste with the assistance of approved contractors.