90% of the EU's PET Bottles Will Be Recyclable by 2025
2018-12-29 09:43 Saturday
On May 15 2018, the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) announced four industry-wide pledges aimed at increasing the collection of PET bottles and the use of recycled PET. Undoubtedly, these pledges will accelerate the development of Europe's circular economy.
Container materials used by the beverage industry, whether PET, glass or aluminum, are recyclable. However, the level of collection of PET bottles varies widely across the EU. Some member states collect more than 90% of all PET bottles, while others collect less than 20%.
European producers of natural mineral and spring water generally agree that PET bottles can be recycled. As a result, the EFBW announced the following pledges:
1. By 2025, the recycling rate of PET bottles will reach an EU average of at least 90%. Recycled PET bottles will be used to make new bottles or other products.
2. Collaboration with the recycling industry to use an EU average of at least 25% of recycled PET (rPET) in its water bottles by 2025.
3. Further investment in ecological design and research of non-fossil plastic materials for the purpose of promoting innovation. The bottled water industry will commit to sustainable development and continually invest in packaging research and development.
4. Incentives for consumers to take an active part in the initiative to correctly classify and dispose of PET recycling bottles.
To ensure that its members are able to meet these pledges, the EFBW intends to work with all relevant stakeholders, including Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), and will regularly report on the implementation of these pledges in order to guarantee transparency and accountability.