European Union has directed the use of 30% recycled content in plastic bottles by 2030 - with EU member states agreeing to reach a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029.
The directive mandates the use of at least 25% recycled plastic in PET bottles by 2025, and increase this to 30% by 2030.
The target is aimed at plastic bottles that have a capacity of up to 3 litres, including caps and lids. Plastics bottles for beverages with medicinal purpose is said to be exempted from the new target.
EU is also working to improve the collection rates of plastics waste – with targets of collecting 77% single-use plastic bottles by 2025 and 90% of bottles by 2029. Improvements in collection rates is key to use of recycled plastics in new bottles.
Several brand owners and industry organizations have committed to collect plastics waste and use recycled plastics in their packaging. This includes - Coca-Cola European Partners’ pledge to collect 100% of packaging and use 50% recycled plastic in PET bottles in Western Europe by 2025. The other cola giant - PepsiCo already uses 13% recycled plastics in its bottles and now plans to use 50% recycled plastic in its bottles across the European Union by 2030 - with an interim target of 45% by 2025.
Last year, the European Federation of Bottled Waters set a target of using an average of at least 25% rPET in plastic bottles and collect 90% of all PET bottles by 2025. The organization represents around 600 natural mineral and spring water producers.
Find out the latest on recycled packaging in EU at CMT’s Recycled Packaging for Food Contact on 18-19 September, 2019 in Brussels.
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