Keurig Dr Pepper Canada Joins the Canada Plastics Pact to Help Build a Circular Economy
Industry leaders working together to improve plastics management across Canada
MONTREAL, Quebec—January 27, 2021 – Keurig Dr Pepper Canada announces its role as a founding signatory of the Canada Plastics Pact launched today as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. The Pact brings together key players from across the plastic value chain sharing a common vision and actionable targets to create a clear path toward a circular economy for plastics. By bringing together businesses, government, non-governmental organizations and other key actors, the goal is to ensure that plastics are kept in the economy and out of the environment. Keurig Dr Pepper also joined, just a few weeks ago, the recently launched US Plastics Pact.
“At Keurig Dr Pepper, our commitments are rooted in driving real impact and circular solutions,” said Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer at Keurig Dr Pepper. “We recognize that achieving a truly circular economy for plastics requires significant systemic change and we are eager to join these groups of diverse industry leaders to ensure that plastics never become waste or pollution.”
As a signatory of the Canada Plastics Pact, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada has agreed to collectively make efforts toward these four ambitious country-level goals espoused by the Pacts:
Define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and take measures to eliminate them
Support efforts towards 100% of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
Undertake ambitious actions to ensure that at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted
Ensure an average of at least 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging (by weight)
“As a purpose-driven company, our commitment to the Canada Plastics Pact, along with other key stakeholders, is a testament to our vision as an organization to find sustainable solutions for the future,” stated Stéphane Glorieux, President, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada. “Through a collaborative approach, we believe that building a true circular economy in Canada is achievable.”
Closely following the launch of two coffee makers made in part with recycled plastic, in collaboration with global leader Lavergne, this new initiative is rooted in the group’s sustainability journey and desire to reduce virgin plastic use. The Company also recently joined Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance®, which brings together thought leaders from the private sector, conservation and academia actively working toward solutions that will mitigate plastic waste entering the ocean.
Co-founder of the Circular Plastics Taskforce, a collaborative initiative created with Danone, TC Transcontinental, Cascades, Dyne-a-Pak and CIAC, KDP Canada has been working with other manufacturers to improve plastics recycling in Quebec and Canada. Launched in 2020, with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada and Éco Entreprises Quebec, the coalition aims to create a closer alignment between market needs and recycling stakeholders and to identify and trial concrete solutions for optimizing the handling of plastics throughout the recycling value chain. The Circular Plastics Taskforce is also involved in the CPP as an implementation partner.
These memberships build upon Keurig Dr Pepper’s current sustainable packaging commitments and will aid in ensuring new levels of accountability and transparency when reporting annual progress against its goals. Under its Drink Well. Do Good. corporate responsibility program, the organization has been building a business model that focuses on sustainability by improving its environmental impact with innovative solutions that create a new life and value for existing plastic materials found across Canada. Keurig Dr Pepper has committed to converting 100% of packaging to be recyclable or compostable by 2025, as well as to use 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content across its packaging portfolio by 2025.
To learn more about the Canada Plastics Pact, visit: plasticspact.ca
About Keurig Dr Pepper Canada
Keurig Dr Pepper Canada is the business name under which Keurig Canada Inc. and Canada Dry Mott's Inc. operate. From coast to coast, the Company provides a broad range of beverages for every need, available everywhere people shop and consume. Keurig Dr Pepper Canada offers a wide variety of hot and cold beverages marketed under more than 60 flagship brands, including Canada Dry®, Mott's Clamato®, Van Houtte® and Timothy's®; as well as Keurig® single-serve coffee makers.
The Company's principal Canadian offices and executive team are located in Montreal, Quebec and Mississauga, Ontario. Also located in Montreal, Quebec are the organization's hot beverage manufacturing facilities and Keurig Canada Inc.'s subsidiary Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc., which offers innovative beverage services to away from home customers from branch offices in 30 Canadian cities. To learn more about our company, visit: www.keurigdrpepper.ca. For more information on our Corporate Responsibility work, please visit: https://www.keurigdrpepper.ca/en-ca/our-company/corporate-responsibility.
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