Collaborative effort for circular economies: Mars, P&G, Amcor, and Delterra invest $6M in the Global South

Collaborative effort for circular economies: Mars, P&G, Amcor, and Delterra invest $6M in the Global South

Sustainability

Amcor, Delterra, Mars, and P&G have come together in a strategic partnership aimed at addressing the issue of plastic waste in the Global South. With a combined commitment of $6 million USD over five years, these industry leaders will collaborate to implement comprehensive solutions for a circular plastics economy.

The announcement coincides with the upcoming second negotiating committee meeting for the Global Plastics Treaty (INC-2), which aims to establish a binding global agreement on plastic pollution. By joining forces, the partners emphasise their dedication to urgent environmental action and their understanding that tackling plastic pollution requires a systemic and holistic approach. They invite like-minded organisations to join their cause and contribute to driving significant change on a large scale.

Recognising that plastic pollution is symptomatic of broader challenges in waste management and circularity, the partnership will invest in innovative programs along the entire value chain. This includes upstream efforts to eliminate waste by leveraging Delterra's Plastic IQ, a digital tool that helps companies assess and improve their plastic footprint. Additionally, they will work downstream to promote the collection and productive reuse of recyclable and compostable materials through Delterra's Rethinking Recycling program. Furthermore, the partners will explore traceability solutions to ensure transparency regarding the source, quality, and ethical aspects of the recycling process.

The initial focus of the partnership will be on countries in the Global South, starting with Indonesia, Argentina, and Brazil. Their goal is to provide accessible waste management and recycling systems to 10 million people. By venturing beyond their individual domains, the partners seek to drive systemic change and foster innovation that positively impacts the entire ecosystem.

Plastic credit elizaIO (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Plastic © elizaIO (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Amcor, Delterra, Mars and P&G share a common vision for a world where human activities protect and restore a healthy planet and are calling on likeminded organisations to join this strategic partnership to help drive impact at scale and deliver against its collective goals.

Stacie Hecht, Packaging & Waste Leader, Global Sustainability at Procter & Gamble, stated, We are excited to partner with Delterra. It will take the entire value chain – including businesses like P&G – to prove out new circular business models while improving waste management.
Dr. Shannon Bouton, President & CEO at Delterra remarked, We are thrilled to be partnering with Amcor, Mars and P&G on our joint mission of eliminating waste in the environment. Solving plastic pollution – and indeed the broader waste crisis, requires a rethinking of the way we produce and manage waste. 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 organisations are stepping up to this challenge alongside Delterra and we invite more companies to join this growing partnership.

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