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The three-year partnership of Unilever and Veolia will focus on material collection, which will help channel recycled content back into the value chain. (Source: Unilever)
The three-year partnership of Unilever and Veolia will focus on material collection, which will help channel recycled content back into the value chain. (Source: Unilever)

Unilever announced that a collaboration agreement was just signed with Veolia, a global leader in optimized resource management, to jointly work on emerging technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia.

In reaching this important agreement, Unilever and Veolia acknowledged that the issue of plastic waste is a shared responsibility that requires bold action across the value chain to develop and scale up collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy.

The three-year partnership will focus on material collection, which will help channel recycled content back into the value chain. Veolia will work with Unilever to implement used packaging collection solutions, add recycling capacity and develop new processes and business models through this partnership in various countries.

Marc Engel, Unilever’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, commented: “The scale of the plastic waste issue is getting worse, not better, with the production of plastics expected to double over the next two decades. We all have a lot more to do to address this critical issue and we hope that by partnering with Veolia, a world leader in waste management, we can take meaningful strides towards a circular economy.”

“There is an undeniable need to transform the current way plastic packaging end of life is managed in order to reduce significantly its environmental footprint. It will take a collaboration of a new kind between all the actors of the value chain,” said Laurent Auguste, Senior Executive Vice-President of Veolia for Development, Innovation and Markets. “With this global partnership, Veolia and Unilever join forces in various geographies around the globe and, from the collection to the recycling, take a leadership role to redefine a responsible and sustainable future for packaging,

In 2017, Unilever made an industry leading commitment to ensure that all its plastic packaging will be designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. To help create an end market for this material, the company also committed to increase the recycled plastic content in its packaging to at least 25% by 2025. 

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