Our goal: 100% recyclable packaging by 2025
Hill’s is one of the first major pet food manufacturers globally to switch to completely recyclable dry pet food packaging. This breakthrough recyclable material was co-developed with our bag suppliers, and we will roll it out in 2021 for our brand Vet Essentials in Europe, with other markets following in due course.
All Hill’s Pet Food Cans
All Hill’s metal pet food cans are completely recyclable
Often used with cases and pouches
Vet Essentials Packaging (EU only)
Look for more bags to be added starting 2021
We want to keep a good thing going
Our plan is to continue the rollout of recyclable packaging across all of our brands and across other parts of the world — just one part of the larger 2025 environmental strategy from our parent company, Colgate-Palmolive.
Frequently asked questions
No, these bags (and plastics in general) are not designed to be biodegradable. The #4 LDPE plastic used in our bags is designed to be “circular,” so that the material can be re-processed into new products and packaging.
A lot, actually. We’re leading industry groups and working with industry partners around the globe to increase the circularity of packaging materials. Through testing in labs and real facilities, we are also working to ensure sorting is done at peak efficiency.
Once the bag is in the recycle stream, it gets sent to places like a Materials Recovery Facility [MRF] where it would get sorted, then sent to a reprocessor who turns LDPE into little plastic pellets. These pellets can then get turned into new products and packaging!
We have traditionally used flexible plastic materials that contain a PET layer due to their light weight and durability. These bags are lined with different plastic layers that have been sealed together. As a result, many Material Recovery Facilities have trouble sorting and breaking down these types of materials, which is why we are working to fully transition to 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. This process takes time since we do not want to sacrifice the quality or safety of your pet’s food.
We fully endorse customers getting full use out of our packaging and keeping trash out of landfills. If you’re looking for ways to reuse your cat and dog food bags and cans, there are a few decorative and practical upcycling ideas you can try yourself.