Soft drink producer Britvic yesterday (20 October) announced its intention for all its plastic bottles in the UK to be made from recycled plastic (rPET) by the end of 2022.
The announcement comes three years earlier than the company planned, and the target comes ahead of the original 50 per cent. The move to rPET bottles is set to cover all brands owned by Britvic and its partner PepsiCo, following Britvic’s long-term agreement with rPET converter Esterform in 2019.
Paul Graham, Managing Director of Britvic GB, said: “This is a significant moment for Britvic and our partnership with PepsiCo, demonstrating our commitment to protecting the planet for us and future generations.
“Our intent to move to 100% recycled plastic, along with our investment support package in the Esterform Packaging Limited announced last year will help create a truly sustainable circular economy for plastic.”
Britvic reports that it is ‘on track’ with the development of an rPET reprocessing capacity facility. planning has been approved and building has begun at Esterform’s site in Sherburn in Elmet.
Sarah Webster, Director of Sustainable Business at Britvic, commented: “Sustainability and our ‘Healthier People, Healthier Planet’ agenda sits at the heart of our business strategy.
“We want to be a net positive contributor to the people and the world around us, and we’re committed to minimising waste and using resources in a sustainable way across our business.
“Accelerating this move to 100 per cent rPET is the right next step for Britvic to help reduce our impact on the planet.
“Meaningful change cannot be achieved by business alone however, it requires a suite of solutions, which is why we support the swift introduction of a well-designed GB-wide deposit return scheme, and reform of the current producer responsibility system, to create the required investment in UK recycling infrastructure.”
Silviu Popovici, CEO of PepsiCo Europe, said: “PepsiCo and Britvic share a vision of creating a circular economy on plastic packaging, and building a world where plastic need never become waste.
“In support of this ambition, we are very pleased to announce that all of our brands, produced under our exclusive bottling agreement in Great Britain, will be bottled in 100% recycled PET by the end of 2022.”