Fortescue launches new initiatives to reduce its plastic footprint

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Fortescue Metals Group has removed all retail single-use plastic beverage products from across its business.

The company, which will make beverages available for purchase in non-plastic packaging, has also introduced reusable containers for all team members and contracting partners for use at its Pilbara mine sites.

Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said the move was a testament to the company’s commitment to safeguarding the environment for future generations.

“We know that single use plastics are having a devastating impact on our environment, with up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year, or the equivalent to a truckload of plastic every minute,” Ms Gaines said.

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“Through these new initiatives, we will be able to reduce the amount of plastic Fortescue contributes to landfill each year, which will have a lasting impact on the environment.”

Director Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Alison Terry, said the removal of all single-use plastic beverage products from across the business, coupled with the container crib initiative, would prevent over 18,000 units of plastic from going to landfill every day.

“The removal of all single use plastic beverage products from our retail stores at site and from our offices in Perth is industry leading and will be a gamechanger in reducing single-use plastic across the business and minimising our environmental impact,” Ms Terry concluded.

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