Unilever has announced a three-year partnership with waste management firm Veolia to improve waste collection and recycling infrastructure to help create a circular economy for plastics waste.
The duo will jointly work on emerging technologies across various geographies starting in India and Indonesia. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, just 14 percent of the plastic packaging used globally is collected for recycling after use, with 40 percent ending up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems.
The work will therefore focus on material collection, which will help channel recycled content back into the value chain.
“The scale of the plastic waste issue is getting worse, not better, with the production of plastics expected to double over the next two decades,” commented Marc Engel, Unilever’s Chief Supply Chain Officer. “We all have a lot more to do to address this critical issue and we hope that by partnering with Veolia, a world leader in waste management, we can take meaningful strides towards a circular economy.”
Laurent Auguste, Senior Executive Vice-President of Veolia for Development, Innovation and Markets, added, “There is an undeniable need to transform the current way plastic packaging end of life is managed in order to reduce significantly its environmental footprint. It will take a collaboration of a new kind between all the actors of the value chain. With this global partnership, Veolia and Unilever join forces in various geographies around the globe and, from the collection to the recycling, take a leadership role to redefine a responsible and sustainable future for packaging”.