PepsiCo CEO meets CM, extends support to recycling of PET plastic waste

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2018 10:19:18


 

Staff Reporter,

PepsiCo India to enable collection and recycling infrastructure, partners with Gem Enviro to set up reverse vending machines, collection centres and recycling for PET plastic bottles in Maharashtra

Ahmed L Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of PepsiCo India, met Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, at Vidhan Bhavan here on Wednesday. Sheikh expressed PepsiCo India’s intent to support plastic ban in the State and implementation of extended producer responsibility for PET plastic waste bottles in Maharashtra.

PepsiCo India delegation led by Sheikh informed the Chief Minister that the company had partnered with Gem Enviro to set up reverse vending machines, collection centres and recycling for PET plastic bottles in Maharashtra.

The company pledged to collect and recycle all PET plastic bottles generated through PepsiCo’s beverages. “In addition, through the Indian Beverage Association (IBA), we are also setting up a consortium for industry players to come together and work towards enhancing the plastic waste management infrastructure in the State,” stated a press release issued by PepsiCo India.

Sheikh reportedly informed the Chief Minister that the company planned to design all packaging to be recoverable or recyclable by the year 2025 and that it was working on new technologies for sustainable packaging solutions.

“We will be piloting the first ever 100 per cent compostable, plant-based packaging for our popular snacks products Lay’s and Kurkure this year, and have re-sized packaging of these snacks to reduce paper consumption in the value chain,” Sheikh said. Also, he said, the company treated use of non-returnable glass in beverage business as an ‘opportunity for on-the-go consumption’.

He also informed Fadnavis about various other initiatives of the company. Sheikh also discussed matters related to increasing investment in India and Maharashtra and ‘various other issues’, stated an official press release issued by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Maharashtra. Sheikh informed Fadnavis about PepsiCo’s current project in the context of expanding business in the country and Maharashtra. Similarly, their discussion focussed around increasing investment in Maharashtra, it was stated in the release.