Improving the collection, sorting and recycling of PET will help to ensure that it does not end up in the environment and contribute to the microplastics issue.
PET packaging protects the quality of food and drink products and ensures that they are safe for consumption. The PET industry is highly regulated at both EU and global level and the sector adheres to strict EU standards at each stage of production – including REACH and the EU’s stringent legislation on food contact materials. The health and safety of its entire value chain is the industry’s top priority. If PET bottles and trays are collected and disposed of correctly, the potential to degrade and fragment into microplastic particles which can find their way into the environment via soil, air and water will be removed. The PET industry has consistently called for improved collection and recovery of PET packaging. To learn more, please read the full statement.