Coca-Cola bottles now made of 50% recycled plastic in the UK

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain, has announced that all plastic bottles across all its core brands, including Diet Coke, Sprite and Doctor Pepper, made in Great Britain are now made with 50 per cent recycled plastic (rPET).

This will mean that Coca-Cola in Great Britain is now using over 21,000 tonnes of recycled plastic per year and the average recycled content in the company’s plastic bottles will increase from 25 per cent.

Coca-Cola is part of the World Without Waste global commitment to use 50 per cent of recycled material in all bottles and cans by 2030.

The company initially made the commitment to move towards 50 per cent recycled content in its bottles across all brands in 2017, following a deal with Clean Tech, the operators of the largest bottle reprocessing plant in the UK, which Coca-Cola helped to establish in 2012.

Coca-Cola has made similar commitments in other markets, it recently announced plans to transition toward 100 per cent rPET in the Netherlands and Norway.

Coca-Cola’s bottles will now carry new labels notifying consumers of the change in an attempt to encourage them to recycle the bottle.

Coca-Cola's achievement of 50 per cent recycled content is timely, given the government's announcement that it will be introducing a Plastics Tax on all packaging containing less than 30 per cent recycled content in 2021.

Stephen Moorhouse, General Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain, said: “One of the key challenges the industry currently faces is that there isn’t enough food-grade recycled plastic locally available in the UK to switch to 100 per cent rPET across our entire range. There needs to be more high-quality recycled plastic produced, so it’s vital to make sure we collect more bottles in an efficient way, and stop it ending up as waste. “Although all our bottles have been 100 per cent recyclable for many years, too m