European bottled water producers aim to increase the collection of PET bottles and the use of recycled PET.

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Last week the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) announced four industry-wide pledges that aim to increase the collection of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and the use of recycled PET. This will accelerate the shift towards a more circular European economy.

The level of collection of PET drink bottles varies substantially across the EU. Some Member States collect more than 90% of PET bottles while others collect less than 20%, meaning our packaging today is part of the unacceptable phenomenon of littering alongside other discarded items. Europe’s producers of natural mineral and spring water believe that PET bottles must be given a second life.

 

EFBW anounced the following targets for 2025:

  • Collect 90% of all PET bottles by 2025, as an EU average.
  • Collaborate with the recycling industry to use at least 25% recycled PET (rPET) in its water bottles by 2025, as an EU average. 
  • Innovate and invest further in eco-design and research on non-fossil based plastic materials. The bottled water industry has always had sustainability at its heart, and is continuously investing in packaging R&D.
  • Engage with consumers who play a key role in preventing littering.

For further information please visit the website of EFBW.