The four global players Amcor, Delterra, Mars and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have started a partnership to fight plastic pollution in the Global South (mainly Africa, Latin America, partly Asia and Oceania, South Korea and Japan).
All companies have agreed to invest a total of $6 million in the project over the next 5 years to develop solutions for a more circular plastics economy.
“We are excited about this partnership with Delterra and like-minded peers in the industry,” said Allison Lin, Mars’ global vice president of packaging sustainability. “We want to demonstrate that we can create successful programs for waste management and recycling systems particularly in the Global South, that currently lacks the infrastructure we need to stop plastic pollution. Scale will enable these systems to be self-sustained and ultimately, protect people and planet while at the same time creating value for local communities. We call on all parties gathering in Paris for the Global Plastics Treaty negotiations to agree on a regulatory framework that enables the creation of effective waste management infrastructure systems everywhere in the world.”
Before that cooperation, a second committee meeting for the Global Plastics Treaty (INC-2) took place. All 4 companies though think that the global plastic problem can only be solved if global participants work together for a systematic and combined solution. That is why, they want to use ressources of each other.
“It will take the entire value chain — including businesses like P&G — to prove out new circular business models while improving waste management,” said Stacie Hecht, packaging and waste manager for global sustainability at P&G.
The solution affect the whole value chain from inadequate waste management to circularity developments. Delterra’s Plastic IQ digital tool shall help companies to see their plastic use and try to support recycling and composting as a result.
In order to use more sustainable materials, the partnership will support the companies and mainly speak about quality and ethical issues.
“Solving plastic pollution — and indeed the broader waste crisis — requires a rethinking of the way we produce and manage waste,” said Delterra’s president and CEO, Shannon Bouton, Ph.D. “This includes a rapid expansion of waste collection and sortation and reliable recycling markets, alongside a deeper redesign of how we consume. We are inspired that these organizations are stepping up to this challenge alongside Delterra and we invite more companies to join this growing partnership.”
Furthermore, 10 million habitants of Indonesia, Brazil, and Argentina shall receive a better access to waste management and recycling.
“This partnership of leaders from the packaging value chain will make a real difference in creating a circular economy for packaging and eliminating plastic waste from the environment,” said David Clark, Amcor’s vice president of sustainability. “Our partnership with Delterra in Latin America has shown us that shared commitments enable great progress when working collaboratively. We understand the critical importance of stemming pollution at the source by designing waste out of the system and returning plastic into the value chain as recycled content. This strategic partnership is a milestone achievement towards this ultimate goal.”