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Wednesday 28 June, 2017

Coca-Cola European Partners celebrates Fifth Anniversary with UK's leading Plastics Recycling Facility

  • Plastipak partnership has allowed Coca-Cola European Partners to use 25% recycled plastic in every bottle for the last 5 years
  • CCEP has reused 50,000 tonnes of plastic from around two billion bottles in that time
  • Innovative and industry leading partnership continues to support the business’ long-term commitment to use rPET in all its bottles

  Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has marked five years since investing in a pioneering initiative to transform plastics recycling in Great Britain. The anniversary comes as CCEP passed the milestone of sourcing 50,000 tonnes of food-grade recycled plastic (rPET) for its portfolio of products sold in GB.

The original joint venture in 2012 marked a step change in GB’s reprocessing capabilities, with the £15million facility doubling GB’s production of rPET. Acquired in 2016 by Plastipak, Europe’s largest food-grade rPET producer, Clean Tech UK facilitates a full-circle, domestic recycling system. Used PET plastic packaging is sourced from households and Local Authorities across GB, then sorted and reprocessed in the facility in Lincolnshire, before returning to the shelves of British shops as part of another bottle within as little as six weeks.

Through the Clean Tech site, CCEP has so far reused materials from some two billion PET bottles, and reached its goal of using 25 per cent rPET in all its bottles since 2012.

The site in Hemswell, Lincolnshire now employs 150 people, and supported Coca-Cola - a sponsor and supplier to London 2012 Summer Olympics, to fulfil its pledge of supporting the most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games possible.

Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at CCEP, said: “Five years ago we made a significant investment as part of our long-term commitment to transforming British recycling. The expansion of this facility was a landmark moment, not only in allowing CCEP to meet targets for rPET content in our packaging, but also in supporting the growth of a domestic system that helped to close the loop in GB plastic bottle reprocessing. There have been learnings along the way, but as an industry first, we’re proud of what we’ve been able to achieve to date through our partnership with Clean Tech, not least because it demonstrates the vast potential to others across the manufacturing sector.

“We are confident that the progress evident in GB over the last ten years – having moved from a limited collection of plastic bottles to six out of every 10 now being recycled – indicates a positive outlook for the future. We hope that initiatives like this give consumers confidence in the potential to recycle here in GB, and will encourage them to recycle every bottle after use. We are continually evolving our recycling strategy and investing in innovations to support our overall sustainability commitments.”

Martin Hargreaves, Managing Director at Plastipak Europe, said: “Plastipak, through its subsidiary Clean Tech, is committed to UK PET plastic recycling and our close relationship with CCEP.  As a global packaging producer, Plastipak embraces its responsibility towards the environment, demonstrated by our continued investment to further increase both the output and quality of our recycled material at Hemswell.”

Chris Brown, Managing Director of Clean Tech UK, said: “Plastipak is extremely proud to be the largest producer of food-grade recycled PET plastic in Europe and looks forward to working with CCEP and the beverage industry at large to make the vision of a true circular economy a reality”.    





Notes to Editors

For more information please contact:

Coca-Cola European Partners GB Press Office

01895 844 828 | 


Plastipak / Clean Tech

01978 317 378 |

About Coca-Cola European Partners:

Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Andorra, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

In Great Britain (GB) we employ some 4,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and climate protection.

We make sell and deliver the following products in GB for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC): Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coke Life, Appletiser, Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Schweppes, Abbey Well, glacéau, Powerade, Oasis and 5 Alive. In GB we also make, sell or deliver Monster, Relentless and Capri-Sun.

About Plastipak & Clean Tech:

Clean Tech is wholly-owned by Plastipak U.K. Ltd, which in turn is owned by Plastipak Packaging Inc. Clean Tech is the UK’s largest recycler of PET plastic, with the resulting recycled material being used in new beverage bottles and other packaging, fibres, strapping and other applications.  More information can be found at its website at

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality, rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage, and consumer products industries.  Plastipak operates more than 44 sites in the United States, South America and Europe, with a total of over 6,000 employees.  Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands.  Plastipak is also a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 500 United States patents for its state-of-the-art package designs and manufacturing processes.  In addition, Plastipak licenses various packaging technologies around the world.  Plastipak was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan.  Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website 

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