Can I reuse my soft drinks packaging?
As soft drinks are packaged using recyclable materials, consumers are encouraged to recycle empty bottles rather than throwing them away.
Some people find it useful to simply refill an empty bottle for re-use. However, this is not always advisable as the bottles used to supply soft drinks, including bottled waters and bottles with sports closures, are not intended to be re-used. This is because they are not designed to withstand the washing that would be necessary to maintain acceptable standards of hygiene.
If bottles are required for re-use, bottles designed specifically for that purpose should be obtained and adequate hygiene routines established.
What is Lightweighting?
Lightweighting is a process by which fewer materials are used for packaging; making products lighter and saving energy required for manufacture and distribution.
Lightweighting reduces the dependence on finite resources and as the packaging becomes lighter transport also becomes more efficient. Lighter packs also mean that those items which are not recovered from the waste stream and must be disposed of in landfill sites actually contribute less to the total amount of waste.
Today, the average can uses 35% less aluminium than it did 10 years ago, with steel cans containing 50% less steel and average PET plastic bottles containing 25% less PET.
Why is it important to recycle my soft drinks packaging?
For information about recycling your packaging, please go to our Environment Page
What is the industry doing to reduce packaging waste?
The reduction of packaging waste has always been a primary concern of the soft drinks industry. The industry has consistently been at the forefront of packaging innovations and is constantly looking at ways to reduce the amount of raw materials used in various types of packaging.
For more information on what the industry is doing in this area, please check out our Roadmap page.