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Environment minister visits Coca-Cola plastic bottle recycling facility

From: Packaging News

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey has visited Europe’s largest plastic bottle recycling facility to see how Coca-Cola plans to double its recycled PET usage.

Environment Minister, Therese Coffey, has visited the UK’s leading plastics recycling facility. She was taken on a tour of the site by key stakeholders from Coca-Cola European Partners and Clean Tech. CCEP recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of first investing in the industry leading partnership to transform plastics recycling in Great Britain. The original venture in 2012 helped to double GB’s production of recycled plastic.

As part of its new sustainable packaging strategy, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to use 50% recycled PET in all its plastic bottles by 2020, working with Clean Tech UK, which will supply the recycled material from its reprocessing plant in Hemswell, Lincolnshire.

The plant, which was acquired by Plastipak Europe in 2016, has been supplying recycled PET to CCEP for five years.

CCEP has already sourced 50,000 tonnes of recycled PET from the plant and is now set to become the largest user of recycled plastic in the food and drink industry through its new deal with Clean Tech.
“It is really encouraging to see Coca-Cola embracing sustainable packaging options to help reduce waste, make better use of resources and encourage more people to recycle and cut littering,” said Coffey. “I hope more companies will follow suit with steps to make their products more sustainable.”

Julian Hunt, vice president public affairs, communications & sustainability at CCEP, said: “Our desire to double the amount of recycled material we use in our plastic bottles sends a clear signal that we want to play a positive role in supporting the circular economy here in Great Britain. Our ambition – and our ability to go further in the future – will require reform of the packaging collection system in Great Britain and we will work with others to champion the changes that are required to ensure all our valuable materials are recovered.”

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