Recycle Plastic Bottles

Reusing, Reducing and Recycling

Nestlé Waters North America continuously looks for ways to help make recycling plastic more effective and comprehensive. We are reducing our footprint and working with others to help improve recycling rates in North America. We’re committed to improving plastic PET beverage bottle recycling rates to 60% by 2018.

Recycled Plastic in Nestlé's Bottles

In the U.S., our newest bottled water brand, resource®, was the first national bottled spring water brand to use 25% recycled plastic in all of its bottles. resource® was developed to actively educate and engage consumers through recycling. In 2015, we increased the recycled plastic content of our resource® bottles — introducing a next-generation bottle made of 100% rPET. Each recycled resource® bottle is used to produce items such as new plastic beverage bottles, fleece, reusable shopping bags, carpet and other products.

Our Arrowhead® regional spring water brand supported recycling education through a partnership with Good Magazine. Together, Nestlé Waters North America and The Good Guide to Recycling created content, such as videos and infographics, to help consumers understand recycling systems. 

Expanding Our Use of Recycled Plastic 

We’ve reduced the size of our labels by as much as 35%, saving 10 million pounds of paper annually. We’ve also developed a bottle cap that is a mere 1 gram in weight. These, along with numerous other innovations, have enabled us to not only reduce the size of our packages, but also to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our impact on landfills.

We’re also working with CarbonLITE to increase the use of rPET in Arrowhead® brand bottles produced in California. Read the full story below:


Source: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Report.

How You Can Be Part of the Closed Loop System 


Today, most households have access to recycling. So join us in our effort to recycle as much as possible! Every bottle helps.

We take a multipronged approach to the closed loop system — and it starts by engaging with local communities to find local solutions to prevent plastic bottles and other debris from entering our waterways.

We’ve established local partnerships with groups that encourage communities to connect with their waterways and create shared value — the concept that the health of our company and the community are dependent on one another. This helps raise awareness that litter can become debris in local rivers and streams.

Many groups across the country are working to clean up waterways, and we are supporting a holistic and goal-based approach to help make our waterways clean and vibrant. The best solutions come from the ground up, so we are supporting three different local initiatives:

  • Inland Empire Waterkeeper: a local grassroots organization we have worked with to launch a multiyear watershed improvement project called Crest to Coast in Southern California.
  • Hillsborough River Trash Free Waters Partnership: a partnership comprised of local groups and municipalities, including Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and other leading environmental groups in Tampa, Florida.
  • Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Clean Waterways project: An advocacy organization working to restore the Anacostia River and create opportunities for the community to connect to the river.


Source: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Report.

We also recognize the challenge of on-the-go recycling, and we are teaming with partners to find ways to improve recycling in public spaces. We hope this reduces the amount of litter that often ends up in local streams and waterways. Our ultimate vision is that none of our bottles –or any trash for that matter- will become litter on the side of the road, in landfills, waterways or our oceans.