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Wednesday 30 August, 2017

Environment Minister takes a look inside Europe's largest plastic bottle recycling facility with Coca-Cola

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey today visited Europe’s largest plastic bottle recycling facility to see how Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to support the circular economy in Great Britain by doubling the amount of recycled PET used in all its bottles by 2020.

As part of its new sustainable packaging strategy, CCEP has set out an ambition to work with local and national partners to recover all of its packaging so that more is recycled and none ends up as litter.

CCEP’s plan to use 50% recycled PET in all its plastic bottles by 2020 is a key element of the new strategy and will be achieved through a partnership with Clean Tech UK, which will supply the recycled material from its reprocessing plant in Hemswell, Lincolnshire. The plant, which was acquired by Plastipak Europe in 2016, has been supplying recycled PET to CCEP for five years. CCEP has already sourced 50,000 tonnes of recycled PET from the plant and is now set to become the largest user of recycled plastic in the food and drink industry through its new deal with Clean Tech.

The two businesses were able to share with the Minister their ideas for increasing the amount of plastic bottles recycled in Great Britain.

Thérèse Coffey, Environment Minister, said: “It is really encouraging to see Coca-Cola embracing sustainable packaging options to help reduce waste, make better use of resources and encourage more people to recycle and cut littering. I hope more companies will follow suit with steps to make their products more sustainable.”

Julian Hunt, Vice President Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “Our desire to double the amount of recycled material we use in our plastic bottles sends a clear signal that we want to play a positive role in supporting the circular economy here in Great Britain. Our ambition – and our ability to go further in the future – will require reform of the packaging collection system in Great Britain and we will work with others to champion the changes that are required to ensure all our valuable materials are recovered.”

Chris Brown, Managing Director of Clean Tech UK, 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. We look forward to working with CCEP and the beverage industry at large to make the vision of a true circular economy a reality in Great Britain.”



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 (CCEP) 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 3,800 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our 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 TCCC: Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Schweppes, Abbey Well, glacéau smartwater, Powerade, Oasis, Appletiser 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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