ATHENS, 15 July 2011 – The amount of PET plastic bottles collected for recycling across Europe last year rose by more than six per cent to reach almost 1.5 million tonnes, according to a report commissioned by two industry bodies.
European PET container body Petcore and plastics recycling association EuPR said Europeanpost-sorting PET collection increased to 1.45 million tonnes in 2010, an increase of 6.5 per centcompared to 2009.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic has pioneered the establishment of packaging recovery organisations thatcollect, recycle and recover packaging waste in 19 countries in which it operates. In 2010, anestimated 79,000 tonnes of PET bottles which contained Coca‑Cola Hellenic products wererecovered.
The ultimate goal for Coca‑Cola Hellenic, which last year invested almost €42 million inrecovering PET bottles, is to close the recycling loop by converting used packages into new. InAustria, the Company co-owns a bottle-to-bottle recycling plant, which recycles up to 570 millionbottles each year.
Sabine Strnad, Resources Recovery Manager at Coca‑Cola Hellenic, said: “It is very rewardingto see that our efforts to recover used packaging are showing results. At the same time we arestriving to ensure that the industry organisations in which we are active members are aseffective as possible.
“We are committed to continuing our close cooperation with governments and the industry inorder to promote collection mechanisms, technological innovations and sorting techniques. Ourultimate aim is to create truly sustainable closed loop packaging solutions.”
Coca‑Cola Hellenic supports efforts by industry associations to work towards a global standardof producer responsibility. More information about Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s sustainability activitiescan be found in the Company’s online CSR report.