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Sonoco has announced the expansion of its environmental and social stewardship initiatives to include commitments to achieve greater packaging sustainability and recycling in support the food industry’s efforts to reduce global food waste.
According to the announcement, these new time-based commitments, along with an update of the Company’s ongoing efforts to improve environmental, governance and social measure, are highlighted in its 2017-18 Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled Better Packaging, Better Life – for a Better World, which is available on the company’s website.
Specifically, Sonoco set out key commitments for more sustainable use and increased recyclability of packaging by 2025, including: Sonoco will increase the equivalent by weight, the amount it recycles, or causes to be recycled, from 75% to 85%, relative to the volume of packaging it places into to the global market place; Sonoco is committed to increasing the use of post-consumer recycled resins in its plastic packaging from 19% to 25%; Sonoco will ensure that approximately 75% of its rigid plastic packaging can carry the relevant on-package recyclable claim. Finally, the Company will ensure all of its production facilities using plastic pellets have systems to prevent discharges into the environment.