How are you tackling plastic waste in Indonesia?
What is Nestlé’s response to the Greenpeace report on plastic waste in Indonesia?
We share Greenpeace’s ambition that no plastic waste should end up discarded in the environment, particularly in our rivers and oceans.
As such, we are committed to putting in place environmental programs and integrating in our operations activities that help reduce waste and optimize opportunities for recovery, reuse or recycling.
At Nestlé Indonesia, we have started the optimization of plastic wrapping on finished goods this year, resulting in 13% reduction of plastic shrink film compared to the previous year.
We understand that plastic plays an important role in safely delivering food and drinks to our consumers. We believe that with the right approach, we can use a packaging that keeps our products safe, while making it possible to collect or recycle it without a detrimental impact to the environment. This is why we are continuously exploring ways to find packaging alternatives which ensure food safety without compromising our environmental ambitions to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Nestlé Indonesia complies with all prevailing laws and regulations in managing our waste and packaging.
What is Nestlé Indonesia doing to help address packaging waste problems?
At Nestlé Indonesia, we have been running several initiatives to reduce our packaging weight, including packaging used in finished goods and packaging used to facilitate the goods' distribution process.
Since 2014, we have been reducing the thickness of tinplate used in the packaging for sweetened condensed milk and Nestlé BEAR BRAND products, which has enabled us to reduce can packaging weight by 745 tonnes every year. In addition, this year we have also started reducing the width of the printed label on our sweetened condensed milk products packaging, which is predicted to reduce paper use for labels by 2%, or around 6.5 tonnes every year.
As for carton packaging, we have been using recycled materials for all our products using this type of packaging since 2014. All our product packaging using carton has included the FSC logo on the label, which means that the material used in the packaging is sourced from a forest managed responsibly and sustainably.
We are committed to continuously improving all these efforts and reducing our packaging weight, including those using can, paper or plastic materials.
What is Nestlé Indonesia doing to reduce, reuse and recycle waste?
Our efforts are extended beyond packaging optimization. In the surrounding area of our Cikupa Factory, we empower the community to manage their waste. In collaboration with the district’s Family Welfare Services (PKK), we train women in the area to turn plastic waste into arts and crafts. This enables them to generate alternative income for the family, while at the same time, ensuring healthier
We have also shared our ‘zero waste’ ambition along our value chain, of which one example is our biogas program in East Java for the 27,000 farmers who supply fresh milk to our factory. To date, more than 8,000 biogas digesters have been built. In our Panjang Factory, we convert residual waste of leftover coffee into alternate fuel and slurry. In 2016, waste disposal from our operational activities has reduced by 84 per cent compared to 2010. Our ambition is to achieve zero waste for disposal by 2020.
We recognize that our efforts do not, and should not, stop here. Therefore, we are actively working on a range of initiatives to continuously reduce environmental footprint. Together with five other companies, Nestlé Indonesia established PRAISE (Packaging and Recycling Alliance for Indonesia Sustainable Environment) to actively support the implementation of a holistic, integrated and sustainable packaging waste management system.
Through this alliance, we aim to: increase awareness that every stakeholder has a responsibility to ensure integrated and sustainable waste management; improve members’ capacity in waste management through studies, education and collaboration; and involve the participation of the government, private sectors and the general public to actively contribute to reducing the impact of packaging waste on the environment.
We look forward to making further progress in collaboration with all stakeholders, including the government, NGOs, industry partners and consumers to increase responsible use of plastic in Indonesia.