Soft Drinks Road Map Case Studies

A G Barr: Packaging

Since joining the Courtauld Commitment 2 in February 2010, soft drinks manufacturer A G Barr has installed state of the art PET bottle blowing and filling technology at its Cumbernauld site in Scotland. This has enabled a significant lightweighting programme to be rolled out across a range of PET bottles. By working closely with their preform (bottle) suppliers, A G Barr has reduced its plastic primary packaging as follows:

  • 2L bottle: by 10.5% to 38.5g;
  • 500ml bottle: by 17.9% to 19.7g; and
  • 250ml bottle: by 20.5% to 14.7g.

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In 2010 the company reduced the carbon impact of all three packs by 1,869 tonnes of CO2eq., saving 505 tonnes of plastic (1 tonne of PET = 3.7t of CO2eq.) The 500ml and 250ml bottles alone saved 316 tonnes of plastic and are amongst the lightest within the carbonated soft drinks market.

Every Can Counts

Barr's is also a funding partner of ‘Every Can Counts’ together with Zero Waste Scotland and Alupro (the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation).

Every Can Counts (‘ECC’) is an ‘on the go’ recycling scheme for drinks cans which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling, promote behaviour change, create awareness of the value of cans and provide a method to collect and recycle them. ECC is also helping to drive up recycling rates within the workplace and help businesses comply with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations (introduced in January 2014) which require all businesses to separate paper and card, plastic, metal and glass for recycling.

To find out more about Every Can Counts in Scotland please visit the schemes' dedicated website.