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PepsiCo to help Maharashtra implement plastic ban

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PepsiCo on Wednesday expressed its commitment to support the plastic ban enforced in Maharashtra, including the extended producer responsibility for PET plastic waste bottles, a top company official said.

PepsiCo India President and CEO Ahmed ElSheikh met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here and said it has partnered with Gem Enviro Management for setting up infrastructure to collect and recycle the PET plastic bottles in the state.

Pledging to collect and recycle all the PET plastic bottles generated through PepsiCo’s beverages, he said that Gem Enviro will set up Reverse Vending Machines, collection points, and centers at various locations in Maharashtra.

He added that the company plans to design all packaging to be recoverable or recyclable by 2025 for which it is working on new technologies for sustainable packaging solutions.

For the beverages business, the company has launched Pepsi Black in non-returnable glass packaging and will collaborate with the Central Pollution Control Board for two pilot projects for multi-layered packaging waste management.

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