Buzzwords explained: Recyclable

We all want to do our bit to help take care of the planet and its resources. Disposing of recyclable products properly is one of the best ways to reduce litter and boost recycling rates. What does recyclable mean and how is the Coca-Cola system using recyclable packaging?

What does recyclable mean?
If something is recyclable, it means it can be collected and reprocessed into useful products and so used again. Most cardboard, glass, aluminium and plastic packaging is fully recyclable, and we need to recover it to as high a standard as possible so it can be recycled and reused into food-grade standard packaging.

Watch Coca-Cola Great Britain's recycling advert, Love Story

How is Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) using recyclable packaging?

All CCEP's packaging, including plastic, glass, aluminium, bottle caps and labels, is 100% recyclable, and has been since 2012. They also meet the highest industry standards for recyclability – all plastic bottles meet circular economy experts WRAP’s, high standard of: “Ideal for Recycling”.

CCEP are absolutely committed to reducing the environmental impact of their packaging, so instead of becoming litter, it can reused again and again to create endless new bottles and cans. In 2011, they partnered with Clean Tech and invested in building the world’s largest and most sophisticated bottle reprocessing plant in Lincolnshire. This means they can make full use of recovered recyclable plastic and will help them to double the amount of recycled plastic in their bottles, from 25% to 50% by 2020.

Here’s how the Coca-Cola system is going to recycle all our packaging

Ground-breaking recyclable innovation
In 2009, CCEP introduced PlantBottle packaging which is used in all Honest and Glaceau Smartwater bottles. It’s the first-ever fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants. PlantBottle is just as strong, durable, refillable and 100% recyclable as traditional PET plastic.

It’s produced using sugar cane residue instead of petroleum, which significantly reduces the carbon dioxide emissions. To date, PlantBottles have eliminated more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide and saved more than 36 million gallons of petrol globally – that’s about the same as the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from burning more than 743,000 barrels of oil.

Learn more about the PlantBottle™