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Alliance to End Plastic Waste Welcomes Four New Companies.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste announced four new companies from across the plastics value chain have joined its ranks in an effort to help end plastic waste in the environment. Charter NEX Films, Milliken & Co., Pregis, and Ceocycle add to AEPW's membership diversity, representing the manufacture and production of specialty films, specialty chemicals, protective packaging, and waste management, respectively.

"It's a great source of pride that in one of my first public announcements I get to celebrate the continued growth of the Alliance by welcoming these new members," says AEPW's President and Chief Executive Officer Jacob Duer. "Everyone agrees: plastic waste does not belong in our ocean or anywhere in the environment. The reach, expertise, and commitment of these four companies is going to help us advance our comprehensive approach to addressing this global challenge, while simultaneously developing sustainable solutions."

The alliance also announced that Jean-Marc Boursier, chief operating officer of SUEZ, has joined David Taylor, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble, and Bob Patel, chief executive officer of LyondellBasell, as an officer.

"I am honored to take on the position of officer in the Alliance to End Plastic Waste," says Boursier. "In SUEZ, we have been working for more than a decade to make recycled resources from plastic waste to protect the environment, and we are keen to contribute our expertise to the Alliance. Beyond prevention at the source, we should all together enable the creation of scalable and replicable clean-up systems, waste collection, and plastic recovery solutions, especially in Asia, India, and Africa."

Membership in the alliance continues to expand as companies see tangible projects taking shape.

"Through harnessing the power of innovation and collaboration, Charter NEX is committed to creating new end-of-life solutions for plastic waste and serving as a partner to our customers in achieving their sustainable packaging objectives," says Kathy Bolhous, chief executive officer of Charter NEX Films. "We are proud to join the alliance and join forces with leading members of the value chain to put an end to plastic waste in the environment."

"This partnership supports Milliken's 2025 sustainability goals, which include, among others, to advance innovations geared at solving the plastics end-of-life challenge," says Halsey M. Cook, president and chief executive officer of Milliken & Co. "Through our cross-market reach, we strive to bring people together to make a positive impact on the world. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste amplifies our voice and invites meaningful collaboration in the process."

"Our vision at Pregis not only underscores a commitment to protective packaging, but a higher purpose--rooted in sustainability and supporting communities across the globe," says Kevin Baudhuin, president and chief executive officer of Pregis. "Joining the Alliance to End Plastic Waste provides us with a unique opportunity to collaborate with passionate, like-minded thought leaders eager to create positive change for the planet. This platform will allow us to be an integral part of solving a complex challenge."

"Through its innovative solutions, Ceocycle is at the forefront of rethinking waste challenges. We are committed to contributing toward a cleaner environment," says Axel Pieters, head of Geocycle. "Our global footprint allows us the unique opportunity to support the Alliance objectives, as we are actively present in its geographical focus locations. We are extensively working with key stakeholders to manage non-recyclable plastic waste through pre-and co-processing. Ceocycle is excited to partner with AEPW and to work with the entire value chain of plastic waste management in order to move towards finding a comprehensive solution for this complex challenge."

Launched in January 201 9 with 27 founding members, the alliance now includes 42 companies gobally that make, use, sell, process, collect, and recycle plastics, including chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters, and waste management companies. Member companies have committed over $1.0 billion, with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment through a comprehensive, integrated strategy that addresses the breadth of the challenge rather than focusing upon a single aspect of the problem. The expertise of each sector, the collective resources and reach of companies from around the world, and insights from those that operate in the regions where the challenge is greatest will ensure that the Alliance makes a tangible impact on removing plastic waste from the environment.
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Date:Jan 1, 2020
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