Visy is known for its recycling aspirations, whether by sorting used paper, plastic, aluminum, steel and glass from households and businesses. Of course, this leads to different challenges in its daily operations to which the company must find solutions.
Visy uses recyclable materials daily to turn them into new sustainable packaging products, saving them from going to landfill. Visy CEO Mark De Wit said this was very important for two reasons.
“First, when organic materials break down in landfills, they emit methane, one of the most potent gases for global warming. By keeping materials out of landfills, we can limit harmful greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse that cause climate change,” De Wit said.
“Second, by keeping this recyclable material in the economy – and reusing it for practical purposes – we reduce our communities’ reliance on natural resources. We are seeing a massive industry focus on increasing the use of packaging that is both recyclable and made from recycled materials, locally.
De Wit explained that over the past two years, Visy has experienced many difficult conditions in his day-to-day functioning, which has led him to refocus his attention on those needs.
“Supply chains have been heavily impacted by Covid-19 and, more recently, by the Russia-Ukraine crisis,” he said.
“For the past two years, our focus has been to ensure a steady supply to our customers, as it is clear that packaging is a fundamental requirement in the food supply chain.”
Visy also aims to help its customers switch to recyclable packaging options made from recycled materials. As a result, De Wit and his team have implemented innovative work across the entire business model. These include their Smithfield rPET and RHDPE plant, where PET thermoforms, including jars, trays and colored PET bottles, can now be recycled.
Visy’s glass teams are also increasing the recycled content in their glass bottles and jars, aiming for an average of 70% recycled glass. The teams are also working on “lightweight” glass packaging, which translates into a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for each glass bottle and jar produced.
“I’m proud to lead a company that is constantly investing and innovating to find better ways to rethink waste and re-manufacture packaging from recycled and recyclable materials,” said De Wit.
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