All drink containers used by the industry are recyclable. The bottled water industry plays an active role in helping the recovery, sorting and recycling of packaging such as PET and glass bottles. In fact, many leading producers of bottled water were among the first to help set-up and finance national recovery and collection systems in Europe (also known as “green dot” schemes which today exist in 25 EU states).

PET bottles make-up a disproportionately high percentage of the European recycling stream, widely contributing to the EU’s minimum target rate of 22.5%.

PET bottles are too valuable to throw away

PET bottles are a valuable resource. They should be disposed of correctly in the appropriate recycling bin. In fact, recycled PET (R-PET) can be used to make many new products, including new bottles, textiles, as well as other plastic parts.  EFBW is working in close conjunction with the waste disposal and packaging industries to achieve even higher levels of recyclability.

Given the high value of recycled PET and its high recyclability, it is imperative that PET bottles are sorted and recycled properly. Recycling means reducing the amount of material going into landfills.

Bottle to Bottle Applications

While recycled PET can be used for many applications, some producers are using recycled PET for the production of new bottles. The proportion of recycled PET that is transformed into new bottles can vary. The use of R-PET in bottle-to-bottle applications is on the rise. 

by PEAK Sourcing