Looking at India's climate-conscious companies and how they succeeded in achieving 'Plastic Neutral' status.
The new Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 introduced Indian companies to the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), for efficient management of plastics, based on the fundamental principle of 'polluter pays'.
Dabur India Limited
Dabur is the first company in India to become a plastic waste-neutral organization. Its journey started with its commitment to Plastic waste management rules 2016. As part of the We Care initiative, Dabur formed a consortium with other responsible organizations to collect and help recycle plastic waste materials for the Waste to Energy Plant located at the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, Ghazipur. The consortium has been formed to strengthen the collection, segregation, and processing/recycling of Multi-Layered Plastic (MLP) waste. After this success, Dabur is working with NEPRA on the EPR connect initiative in Gujarat. Organizations of the consortium collect Multilayered Plastic (MLP) Waste and send it for co-processing as RDF (Refuse-Derived Fuel) in cement kilns.
In 2018, P&G released its sustainability goals under the name Ambition 2030, under which they have set a target to ensure 100% of product packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2030. Living up to the company values, it has recently become a plastic waste neutral company. It collected, processed, and recycled over 19,000 MT of post-consumer plastic packaging waste, exceeding the amount of plastic packaging used in its products sold in a year. It is working with recycling partners in 75 cities and has been successful in lowering the usage of packaged material by more than 5000MT in the last five years. The company further aims to reduce the usage of virgin plastic annually.
With a goal for plastic to stay in the economy and out of the environment, HUL has facilitated the safe disposal of more than 2.3 lakh tons (cumulatively) of post-consumer-use plastic waste. It has grown from 12 sites in 2017 and collection of 6,500 tons of plastic to more than 160 locations in 2021 with 116,000+ tons of plastic collected. Hindustan Unilever Limited achieved plastic neutrality in 2021.
Over the decades, ITC has made industry-leading efforts in end-to-end waste management. Through a large-scale and integrated solid waste management programme, ITC moved beyond plastic neutrality back in 2021-2022.
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