Nestlé Waters, Biffa join hands to manufacture food-grade rPET in UK

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New recycling plant will process 1.3 billion plastic bottles annually

Nestlé Waters UK has partnered with waste management firm Biffa in an effort to make every Buxton Natural Mineral Water bottle from 100 per cent recycled PET by 2021. Biffa will be supporting Nestlé Waters UK in achieving this goal by collecting recyclable PET bottles and reprocessing them in the UK into rPET.

Nestlé Waters claims that the partnership will enable it to significantly reduce the amount of virgin plastic in circulation and lead the shift to using food-grade rPET – which is currently sourced from Europe – in the UK.

Biffa aims to quadruple its plastic recycling by 2030, and the rPET supplied to Nestlé under the partnership will come from the company’s new plastic recycling facility in County Durham.

This £27.5 million plant reportedly has the capacity to process the equivalent of 1.3 billion plastic bottles each year and will provide Nestlé Waters’ Buxton factory with recycled material from 2021. “This is a hugely significant step forwards in achieving our commitment of making our Buxton range from 100% rPET,” said Michel Beneventi, managing director for Nestlé Waters UK.

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