Plastic recycling news from the world of waste in September
It is time for the next instalment of our news round-up blog series, bringing you the latest interesting news from the plastic waste and recycling industry.
September has seen further positive changes take place for the plastic recycling sector. From big-name brands making it their mission to use recycled plastic packaging, to UK hospital trusts melting down used PPE, here’s the latest industry insight from September…
Encouraging consumers to recycle their plastic bottles after use, Pepsi Max has officially launched its ‘Nothing tastes better than a 100% recycled bottle’ campaign, for its single serve 500ml and 600ml bottles.
The campaign reconfirms the brand’s commitment to working towards a more circular economy. PepsiCo’s goal is to use 100% recycled plastic in all its ready-to-drink beverages by the end of 2022.
Forming part of the company’s ‘REset Plastic Strategy’ – that aims to reduce plastic refuse through closing the recycling loop – supermarket giant, Lidl, has announced its plans to ‘eliminate plastic waste’ through supporting the reduction and recycling of the material across its stores.
A trial plastic bag and wrapping scheme will also be rolled out next month – across 12 stores in the West Midlands. The initiative supports Lidl’s commitment to making 100% of its own-brand products to be either recyclable, reusable, or refillable, by 2025.
Forming part of its wider global commitment to reduce the use of virgin plastic material in its plastic packaging portfolio by 5% by 2025, UK food giant, Cadbury, has announced it will use up to 30% recycled plastic in its packaging in both the UK and Ireland by 2025.
The firm is currently investing £21m a year in its technology, and its recycling and resource infrastructure – which only looks set to increase. By 2025, the brand aims to have invested £215m to help secure a more sustainable future for plastics.
It is estimated that 55 million single-use face masks are used in the UK on a daily basis – that’s a global estimate of 129 billion. With a lot of these being discarded into landfills, the Welsh government has set a target on creating no waste in Wales by 2050.