PepsiCo has announced a programme for collection and recycling of used PET bottles in Delhi. The number of bottles recycled will be equivalent to its products sold in Delhi. The company has partnered with Gem Enviro Management to set up the infrastructure for the programme, in line with the plastic-waste management rules.

PepsiCo has been working with the government and other partners to enhance plastic-waste management and to increase recycling in the country. It is also working with the Central Pollution Control Board to develop and implement two pilot projects for collection, segregation and recycling of post-consumer multi-layered packaging waste.

The details of these efforts are not available since the company did not respond to our questions.

The company has piloted a ‘Film to Fuel’ project at its Pune plant to convert all packaging film waste into fuel, ensuring 100 per cent recycling. It will be piloting a 100 per cent compostable, plant-based packaging for its snacks products Lay’s and Kurkure, apart from already resizing the packaging for these products and reducing paper consumption in the value chain. All of these efforts are a part of the company’s ‘Performance with Purpose 2025’ goal which aims to design all packaging to be recoverable or recyclable, and support increased recycling of plastic waste.

In a press release, PepsiCo India’s President and CEO Ahmed ElSheikh informed, ‘We have partnered with Gem Enviro to set up reverse vending machines, collection points and collection centres for used PET bottles at several locations across the city. The program will also provide training to waste pickers and ensure effective recycling of the used PET collected.’