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Plastic bottles known as PET (Polyethyleneterephthalate) containers are an increasingly popular packaging format. They are re-sealable - and so ideal for people on the move who need to stay hydrated, and they are transparent – enabling consumers to see the drink that they are buying.
PET containers are 100% recyclable and the weight of the average PET bottle has reduced by 50% over the past 10 years. PET bottles can include up to 50% recycled material for general use.
PET is recovered through industry recovery systems and sorted into different colour fractions. This sorted post-consumer PET is crushed, pressed into bales and offered to recycling companies. PET flakes are then used as a raw material for a whole range of products from shirts and textiles to carpets and clothes. Today there is also a growing use for recycled PET in new beverage bottles. The average recovery rate for used PET is around 40% with the individual recovery systems of some member states achieving as much as 80%.