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Britvic, PepsiCo commit to produce all plastic bottles in UK using rPET by 2022

October 21/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic has announced its intent for all its plastic bottles in the UK to be produced entirely from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) by the end of 2022, three years ahead of its original schedule, said Chemweek.

The company says the move covers its entire UK portfolio of Britvic-owned brands, and also those it produces under a newly signed 20-year franchise bottling agreement with PepsiCo for its carbonated brands in the UK. Britvic was a founding signatory of The UK Plastics Pact, and says it has already removed more than 1,500 metric tons of primary plastics from its supply chain since 2017, with all its primary packaging already fully recyclable.

In 2019 it entered into a long-term agreement with Esterform Packaging, a UK plastics convertor, for the supply of rPET and invested GBP5 million (USD6.5 million) to support construction of a new rPET manufacturing facility at Esterforms site in North Yorkshire, UK. Britvic is also part of the cross-industry consortium promoting BPs Infinia recycling technology, which is targeting difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste.

As per ICIS-MRC Price Report, rhe activity in the Russian polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market was not strong last week, which is typical for this period of the year. Some converters reported a weaker demand in the market of finished PET products. Spot prices for Russian PET increased in mid-October.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:APET-granulate, PET-granulate, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms, recycling, sustainable development.
Category:General News
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