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European Federation of Bottled Waters pledges to increase PET bottle recycling

  • Aiming to accelerate the shift towards a ‘more circular European economy’, the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) has pledged to increase the collection of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and the use of recycled PET.

    The Federation is planning to collect 90% of all PET bottles by 2025, as an EU average. The Federation will further collaborate with the recycling industry to use at least 25% of the collected bottles in the packaging industry.

    EFBW will also be developing and propagating the use of non-fossil based plastic materials for packaging purposes. EFBW President Jean-Pierre Deffis, noted that “PET drink bottles already achieve the highest recycling rate of any plastic packaging material in the EU. But even one bottle ending up as litter is one too many." He added: "It will take a concerted, coordinated effort from many different value-chain actors to drive positive change. EFBW’s members are stepping up to lead the way."

    SOURCE: European Federation of Bottled Waters