Britvic and Unilver in PET consortium

A new cross-industry consortium has been created to make enhanced recycling of polyester plastics a commercial reality.

ALPLA, Britvic, Danone, Unilever, REMONDIS and BP are committing to the goal of developing a new circular approach to dealing with PET plastic waste. The companies, operating across the polyester packaging value chain – including businesses involved in the manufacture, use, collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic packaging, have announced they have formed a new consortium that aims to help to address the problem of plastic waste by accelerating the commercialisation of BP Infinia enhanced recycling technology.

In October, BP announced plans to construct a $25m pilot plant in the US to prove the technology on a continuous basis before progressing to full-scale commercialisation.

Trystan Farnworth, director of sustainability at Britvic said: “A challenge in creating a truly circular economy for PET is the fact that, as it stands, it is not infinitely recyclable. We have to solve this to become truly circular – it is not an option. That’s why we are excited to announce our active role in the consortium, collaborating to achieve a circularity breakthrough for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

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