Workshop: Post consumer plastic packaging waste
Mohsen Khierallah,Packaging manager & plastic champion at Nestle NEAR
CREATING VALUE THROUGH GENERATING DEMAND
In an increasingly resource constrained world, we must focus on minimizing the impact we have on the environment, which for Nestlé includes the impact of product packaging material.
90% of all trash floating on the ocean's surface is plastic, there are 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile, and 40% of all plastic produced is used for packaging.
Plastic packaging plays an important role in safely delivering food and drinks to consumers. Unlike a lot of other plastic packaging, food and beverage packaging has strict requirements on what materials can be used, to protect the product and guarantee its quality.
In order to ensure that there is sufficient food grade recycled plastic available to be re-used, we need to create a market for it. Plastic as a commodity is inexpensive and therefore has no value for waste operators, which consequently dictates the difficulty in creating a market for recycled plastics. The lowest plastic packaging recycling rate across our business is of plastic laminate pouches: flexible packaging materials consisting of two or more layers of different packaging materials, which in turn creates packaging that is lightweight and compact.
Nestlé invites you to think of and test an innovative and cost-efficient solution that creates value for post-consumer laminate waste, generating demand for both Egyptian waste operators and investors with a clear and solid pull factor. This would develop into a waste management system made of collection and recycling, a virtual cycle leading to the effectiveness and sustainability of the solution.
In order for solutions to be sustainable, the proposal must be relevant to Egypt from a cost perspective and addresses the complexity of laminates as a material.
Start time: 14:00
Room: Table 1