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Mondelez agrees to go recyclable

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Recyclable Oreo packaging? It’s in the (environmentally friendly) bag.

Mondelez International committed Tuesday to make all its packaging recyclable by 2025.

The East Hanover-based food purveyor is the fifth major company to agree to the request from environmental advocacy group As You Sow to move toward recyclable packaging, and the third in New Jersey following Colgate-Palmolive in 2014 and Unilever in 2017.

According to a Mondelez statement, the company will establish partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world. The commitment to recycling is part of a larger strategy for a “circular packaging economy,” where more packaging has the opportunity to be reused and recycled and aid in the delivery of its long-term goal for zero-net waste packaging.

Break Free From Plastic, an environmental campaign made up of 1,300 environmental groups worldwide, reported Tuesday that Mondelez packaging was the fifth-most frequently found branded packaging collected by plastic pollution-focused groups working in 42 different countries.

In addition to the commitment from Mondelez to make all packaging recyclable by 2025, the company also said it will source all paper-based packaging sustainably and eliminate 65 million kilograms of packaging material worldwide by 2020.

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Gabrielle Saulsbery

Gabrielle Saulsbery

Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.

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