Michael-Washburn-Nestle-Waters.jpg Extended producer responsibility is at the forefront of Nestlé Waters North America‘s sustainability profile. The company’s Vice President of Sustainability, Michael Washburn, says that recycling rates for beverage containers hover somewhere between 30% and 40% — especially significant when you consider that beverage containers represent 4% of the U.S. solid waste stream. Now, the company is focusing on new ways to retrieve its empty bottles so it can do more green good.