PepsiCo India to help State in recycling plastic

PepsiCo India on Wednesday announced its intent to support the government’s implementation of extended producer responsibility for PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic waste bottles in Maharashtra.

Ahmed ElSheikh, CEO and President of Pepsico India, met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur to convey their support to the State-wide campaign for plastic waste management. In a statement, Mr. ElShaikh said, “Our Performance with Purpose 2025 goal is to design all packaging to be recoverable or recyclable, and support increased recycling of plastic waste. As part of this, we work with partners to support and leverage new technologies for sustainable packaging solutions. We will be piloting the first ever 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for our popular snacks products, this year.”

PepsiCo India has partnered with Gem Enviro Management to set up reverse vending machines for the collection and recycling of plastic bottles in the State. The programme will also ensure effective recycling of the PET waste collected.

PepsiCo India is also in talks with the Indian Beverage Association to set up a forum for industry players to work towards the goal of plastic waste management and reduction. The company said that it was also scaling up the format of non-returnable glass bottles.

As part of efforts to increase recycling, the company has also successfully piloted a ‘Film to Fuel’ project at its Pune plant to convert all the packaging film waste from the plant into fuel.

Our Performance with Purpose 2025 goal is to design all packaging to be recoverable or recyclable

Ahmed ElSheikh

CEO and President of Pepsico India

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