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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 70% 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.

Our initiatives to tackle plastic and other waste:

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 70% 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 2020.

Zero plastic promotional items

All our Nestlé offices and facilities in Sri Lanka are driving a plastic waste-free culture. We also took 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 launched our School Waste Management Programmein January 2020, together with the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the Ministry of Education, and local Municipal Councils. We are implementing waste management systems in schools to ensure the waste on premises is segregated and collected properly. The relevant municipal council of the area ensures the waste is collected and is sent for recycling / energy recovery as far as possible. Every time we set up a waste management unit in a school, CEA officials work with the schools’ environmental association to create awareness of proper waste disposal. These students in turn act as environmental ambassadors in the school, educating the rest on the importance of reducing waste and proper disposal. Partnering with the relevant authorities ensures the long-term success of the programme. Guided by the authorities, our targets for 2020 and 2021 are 50 schools and 100 schools respectively, with the aim of collecting a minimum of 50 kgs of waste per school, per school day.


Beach cleanups

The Nestlé family is full of people who are passionate about building a better, more sustainable world for everyone.

In celebration of World Oceans Day in 2019, employees from our head office and Kurunegala factory volunteered to clean the Mattakkuliya and Marawila beaches. They were joined by students from the University of Kelaniya, whom we partner for our Nestlé Needs YOUth programme. Our annual voluntary employee beach-cleaning event has become something of a tradition now for Nestlé and our partners.


Employee beach cleanup at Marawila beach

In 2018, 30 volunteers from multiple divisions from the head office joined hands with 30 students from the University of Kelaniya, to organise a self-funded beach cleaning campaign in the Crows Island beach park in Mattakkuliya.

the beach

Employee beach cleanup at a 400m beach stretch in Negombo

In 2017, a similar campaign was executed by our Finance & Control teams from the head office and factory in collaboration with the Colombo, Jayewardenepura and Kelaniya University students where a 400m beach stretch in Negombo was cleaned. Each time we conduct a beach-cleaning exercise, we weigh and record the waste we have collected (by material) before handing it over to the local municipal council for responsible disposal. We then complete the project by placing garbage bins made using factory owned malt barrels and placards displaying information to encourage people to keep the beach clean.

In 2020, we could not conduct our usual employee voluntarism activities on World Environment Day or World Oceans Day due to the restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19. We therefore held a virtual competition that required employees and their families to share something positive they had done for nature at home, such as planting a seed, growing organic produce, saving water etc.

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.

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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.