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Britvic shifted towards 100% rPET bottles

September 08/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Soft drinks giant Britvic (Hemel Hempstead / UK) has shifted UK production of plastic bottles for a number of its key brands from virgin polymer to recycled material, as part of its stated commitment to move all UK-made bottles to 100% rPET by 2022, said Plasteurope.

The group said such a move was possible thanks to its GBP 5m (EUR 5.8m) investment in UK packaging firm Esterform Packaging (Tenbury Wells) back in 2019 in order to support the domestic production of rPET in the UK. “Today we are seeing the benefits of that investment. Most recently, Robinsons’ “Ready to Drink”, “Lipton Ice Tea” and “drench” moved their 500 ml on-the-go bottles to 100% rPET from Esterform,” Britvic said in a statement. By switching these three brands to rPET, Britvic says it is set to save 1,354 t/y of virgin plastic, in addition to the 1,900 t already saved by “Ballygowan Mineral Water” and “Fruit Shoot Hydro” rPET bottles.

The investment in Esterform followed Britvic’s assessment that the UK’s existing recycling infrastructure was not sufficient enough to help it make its UK plastic bottles from 100% recycled PET by 2022, as had been hoped. The deal “provides [us] with a secure, long-term supply of UK-sourced rPET, allowing us to continue to reduce our use of virgin plastic and increase our rPET packaging”, the soft drinks producer said. Recently, Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL, London / UK) also thrashed UK government’s failure to commit to an “all-in” bottle deposit scheme. 

Britvic is also a signatory to Wrap’s (Banbury / UK) UK Plastics Pact, an initiative by leading companies, NGOs and the UK government to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastic packaging, and subsequently its waste. 

As per MRC, Britvic 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. 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.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PET consumption totalled 411,200 tonnes in the first six month of 2021, up by 12% year on year. Russian companies processed 62,910 tonnes in June, compared to 85,890 tonnes a month earlier.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:APET-granulate, PET-granulate, PET flakes, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms, recycling.
Category:General News
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