On average, America’s top beverage companies produce ab […]
On average, America’s top beverage companies produce about Roll on bottles 100 billion plastic bottles every year, according to estimates from the American Beverage Association. While an estimated 35 billion bottles are collected and recycled annually, the majority of these bottles end up in the waste stream, according to that association. In 2019, The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, released a report.
The Bridge to Circularity: Putting the ‘New Plastics Economy’ into Practice in the U.S.,” that provides a case study of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling. According to that report, an annual gap of about 1 billion pounds exists between current U.S. supply and projected demand for recycled PET (rPET) from major brands. Sarah Dearman, vice president of circular ventures at The Recycling Partnership, says the study reached the conclusion that in its current state, the U.S. recycling system can’t help companies meet their goals to use rPET in their products.
She adds that to meet companies’ demand for rPET, each person in the U.S. would need to recycle an additional 100 PET bottles per year. But people don’t have enough access to recycling,” she says. “They are not participating at the levels they need to, and significant investment is needed in the system.”Investment in PET bottle recycling is needed to meet demand, and some investment is coming this year. The American Beverage Association.
Washington, has launched the Every Bottle Back initiative to invest about $400 million toward plastic bottle recycling efforts in the U.S. The initiative aligns top beverage makers with nonprofit groups, such as Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund, New York-based Closed Loop Partners and The Recycling Partnership. Together, the American Beverage Association hopes these groups will be able to collaborate to make investments into a more circular system to ensure PET bottles are reclaimed, recycled and remade.