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Recycled bottles by Coca-Cola and Boots hit the shelves

Products from a recycled plastic packaging trial conducted by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Boots are now available to consumers throughout the country.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) funded the trials that are aimed at boosting the use of recycled PET (rPET) in the UK packaging industry. The rPET project has already achieved success through pairing Marks and Spencer with Closed Loop London to introduce recycled plastic packaging in its ‘Food to Go’ range.

The CCE trials involve, among others, the well-known 500ml diet Coke bottles. Different types of rPET were tested, including flake and pellet, at a 25% inclusion rate. The trial will use about 1,000 tonnes of rPET.

CCE rPET project manager Martin Rodgers said: “We are excited about this project and we anticipate that over 150 million 500ml bottles will be manufactured during the course of this trial.”

Trials with Boots, also in conjunction with Closed Loop London, have provided the opportunity to look into the use of rPET in the non-food sector. As a result of the trials the company’s ‘Ingredients’ range has been packaged in bottles with a 30% rPET content.

Boots polymers consultant Steve Owen said: “We are very positive about the trial and it could open up opportunities in more toiletry ranges and other packaging sectors in the future.”

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