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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.

  • Improve the environmental performance of our packaging.
  • Reduce food loss and waste.
  • Provide meaningful and accurate environmental information and dialogue.
  • Preserve natural capital.

In Sri Lanka

By 2020: Reduce non recyclable packaging material to 13% from total packaging.

By 2020: Maintain zero waste for disposal in our factory.

By 2020: 100% consumer reach on food waste programmes (1.7 mio)

By 2020: Reach 100% of employees on food waste programmes.

By 2020: 100% consumer reach on important information about sustainability (1.7 mio)



In 2018, we saved CHF 43.2 million through packaging reduction projects.

In Sri Lanka

85.7% recyclable packaging material from total packaging.

Zero plastic promotional items.

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

Currently, almost 86% of our packaging is recyclable and plans are underway to reduce our plastic footprint in Sri Lanka.

Zero plastic promotional items

In May 2019, we completely eliminated the use of plastic in all our promotional items and are currently looking at new alternative promotional material.

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.