Nestlé aim for products to be completely recyclable by 2025

Nestlé has announced its goal to make 100 per cent of it packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.

The news comes in response to the company’s opinion that there is an urgent need to minimise the impact of packaging that ends up in landfill or as litter.

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To achieve this goal, the company says it will focus on eliminating non-recyclable plastics, encourage the use of plastics that allow for better recycling rates and eliminate or change complex combinations of packaging materials.

Nestlé said in a statement that it is committed to playing an active role in the development of collection, sorting and recycling schemes.

The company also said it would work with chain partners and industry associations to explore different packaging to reduce plastic usage and to facilitate recycling.

Labelling products with recycling information and promoting a market for recycled plastics were also steps mentioned to develop a circular economy.

Nestlé Chief Executive Officer Mark Schneider said, “Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today. Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle. Our ambition is to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025.”

NSW EPA release new research on litterers

New research from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has found that even though the community knows that littering is wrong, people are still making excuses.

The research shows that one in four people wouldn’t call someone a litterer if they only did it once a month and that 75 per cent of respondents said they rarely or never litter, with 46 per cent believing most littering is done by a few repeat offenders.

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The NSW EPA has recently launched the Don’t be a Tosser! campaign to reduce littering and points out there are no valid excuses.

Clinical psychologist Jo Lamble explains there are reasons why litterers look to make excuses but that these excuses can be part of the bigger problem when it comes to changing behaviour.

“We all use excuses from time to time to rationalise our behaviour and allow ourselves to litter. But this behaviour has direct consequences on our environment,” Ms Lamble said.

“Making excuses lowers our sense of responsibility and most importantly, decreases the likelihood of positive change.

“If we continue to make excuses for our behaviour e.g. ‘It’s not a big deal; I only do it sometimes; there isn’t a bin etc’ the bad habit will continue. To break a habit, we need to be fully conscious of what we are doing and the consequences of that behaviour,” Ms Lamble said.

EPA Litter Prevention Manager Sharon Owens said littering was a damaging but preventable environmental problem.

“Around 25,000 tonnes of litter are tossed in NSW each year, costing our community and the environment. Through the Don’t be a Tosser! campaign, we’re asking NSW residents to look at the excuses they use for littering,” Ms Owens said.

“The Don’t be a Tosser campaign will highlight that even if you litter just once or as a ‘one-off’, your rubbish ends up becoming part of a bigger litter problem,” she said.

“Reducing littering is important for the health of the environment and of our communities. Everyone is responsible for their own litter and the best bit is that it is easy to do something about it if we all work together.”

More information about the Don’t be a Tosser campaign can be found here.

Clean Up Australia Day 2018 preliminary results released

The 2018 Clean Up Australia day preliminary results have been released, with an estimated 587,962 volunteers pitching in to remove litter.

The current in progress data estimates volunteers have removed almost 16,000 ute loads of rubbish over the week surrounding the event.

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Parkes, beaches, waterways, bushlands and roadways were among the 7253 locations were registered and cleaned.

According to Clean Up Australia day, this is a 14 per cent increase in sites and four per cent increase in volunteers over 2017.

The event began 28 years ago, and has since then removed the equivalent of 350,000 ute loads of rubbish from over 170,000 sites across Australia.

Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia Ian Kiernan AO speaking from the 2018 Clean Up Day official site in Brisbane, said how proud he was to see so many Australians continuing to rally to the cause.

“It’s really great to see so many people passionate about removing rubbish from the places that are important to them,” Mr Kiernan said.

“Because that’s the beauty of a Clean Up – people tell us where the rubbish is accumulating and we give them the support to make a difference. Young or old – anyone can be involved.”

“But we need to do much more than just pick up rubbish one day a year. Every day is Clean Up Australia Day – so let today simply be the start of your Clean Up journey,” he said.

Mr Kiernan said making a difference begins with changing consumer’s purchasing behaviour, becoming conscious of single use products, packaging and plastics.

“We need to continue to challenge our governments to implement effective waste management and recycling programs to reduce the amount of wasted resource that ends up in our precious environment. Our Clean Up activities provide vital community led data and feedback that influences decision makers,” he said.

Keep NSW Beautiful Litter Congress 2016

31 August – 1 September 2016
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

“Less Litter. Live Better” is the theme for this year’s KNSWB Litter Congress, the only conference in Australia devoted to the various methodologies, technologies and strategies making positive impacts on reducing litter across the country.

Now in its third year, the organisers have assembled a program to give delegates ideas, inspiration, resources and answers to tackle litter in their areas. Full program, registration and speaker details are available from the KNSWB website.

www.knswb.org.au.